SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- After breaking a school record in the Union County Qualifying Meets, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School runner Julia Jackson is this week’s Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week.

Jackson established an indoor track school record in the 400 meters race with a time of 58.14 seconds. The old indoor school record was 58.49, which Jackson set last winter. Sunday's race was the first time Jackson had run the 400m race since March 8, 2020, just shy of a year. 

Track coach Jeffrey Koegel says Julia has made a greater commitment to her running this year, and it proved to be effective almost immediately.

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“She came out and trained with us this summer and fall for the first time ever,” said Koegel. “She looked very good in Sunday's race, leading wire to wire.”

Koegel also says having a strong runner from Kent Place in her race was definitely a big help, as it pushed her to a faster time than she would have run without her there. 

“I would have been pleased with anything sub-60, so to come in and run an indoor PR and an indoor school record in her first attempt at the event this season was a huge bonus,” Koegel said. “The track at Toms River is nowhere near as fast as Ocean Breeze or the 168th St Armory, so that gives added perspective to how fast she ran.”

Since they won’t have meets at those venues this winter due to the pandemic, the team is excited that Julia is making the best of the limited opportunities that we do have.

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