Pennsauken opens relay season in hurry

Pennsauken opens relay season in hurry


Pennsauken opens relay season in hurry


They stormed the track.

The Pennsauken High School girls’ super sprint medley relay team of Ajani McEady, Indigo Pascall, Brianna Bryan and Olivia Jamison opened the outdoor season by running the fastest time in New Jersey.

The fleet foursome clocked a time of 1 minute, 54.1 seconds at the Cam-Glo Relays on April 4.

What made the number even more impressive than being the top time in the state was they ran in a stiff wind on the Pennsauken track.

“This group, when they put their mind to it, they can run with just about anyone in the state,” Pennsauken girls’ track coach Phil Zimmerman said.

Last weekend, the super sprint medley relay teams from Columbia (1:47.4) and Neptune (1:52.8) passed the Indians for the state’s fastest time for the season.

“We are coming for Columbia and Neptune, not them, but their time,” Pascall said. “We want to run 1:46.”

Pennsauken still boasts the fastesttime in South Jersey.

“We just got to run faster and push each other,” Jamison said.

The super sprint medley relay (also called the 800 meter sprint medley relay) includes a pair of opening 100 meter runs, a 200 and then the closing 400.

McEady ran the lead off leg and was followed by Pascall. Bryan ran the 200 and Jamison finished off with the 400 at the Cam-Glo Relays.

“I came in and I wanted to win,” said McEady, a senior who is also a top soccer player for the Indians.

McEady handed off to Pascall, a junior, who was the South Jersey Group 4 champion in the long jump (17-6).

Bryan, a freshman, then helped the relay team run the best time in the state to date in her first high school outdoor event.

“It felt good,” Bryan said.

Jamison, who ran lead off last year, then cleaned up. The senior was the South Jersey Group 4 champion in the 400 last year and was fourth in the state.

“We think we have a true star with Olivia on the anchor,” Zimmerman said. “On paper, she has the fourth fastest returning 400 time (56.29) in the state and fifth in the 200 (24.98).”

On Saturday at the Woodbury Relays, the Pennsauken girls will enter the 4×100 and 4×400 relays with teammates Asia Davis and Briana Roberts helping out.

The following weekend at the Penn Relays, the Indians will compete in the same events.

The Indians won’t compete in the super sprint medley relay again until May 2 at the Rowan Relays.

“We know what we have with all four of these girls,” Zimmerman added.

Reach Kevin Callahan at kcallahan@gannett .com and follow on Twitter @CP_KCallahan


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