SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- With every passing week, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls track athletes seem to reach new milestones, and the past several days have been no exception. With another head-turning performance at the 31st Blue Devil Classic at Kehler Stadium in Westfield, the SPF track stars are this week’s Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week.
Corinne Lyght hadn't competed in a meet in two years, and wasn't really sure if she'd run this spring. But after her teammates at Scotch Plains-Fanwood got in her ear and told her what she'd be missing out on, Lyght knew she had to lace up her spikes for one more season.
"They told me if I was on the team we could do some really big things together, like win a state title, and run some really fast times,'' said Lyght, the Union County Player of the Year in soccer last fall. "I just couldn't pass up that opportunity.''
Since pledging her commitment to the team, Lyght has worked hard to get herself in top form again, and after working through some minor hamstring issues, Lyght celebrated her return to the track on Saturday with a spectacular performance at the 31st Blue Devil Classic at Gary Kehler Stadium in Westfield.
Lyght, headed to Lehigh to play soccer, helped Scotch Plains-Fanwood sweep the sprint relays, highlighted by a sizzling met record 3:49.80 in the 4x400-meter relay, and she also leaped 16-3 on the winning long jump team to give her four gold medals on the day.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood made a huge statement with its sprint relay show as junior Grace Kennedy, Lyght, and junior Julia Jackson torched the track as they shared the baton on all three relays.
In the 4x400, quadruple gold medalist Kennedy, also on the victorious LJ team, led off with a PR of 57.6. Lyght followed with a 59.9, sophomore Jenai Berry dropped a PR of 57.1, and then the electrifying Jackson, who anchored the 4x100 and 4x200, finished it off by throwing down with a 54.9 carry.
The 3:49.80 by the Raiders smashed the meet record of 3:52.97 set in 2016 by Union Catholic, is the fastest time in NJ this season, No. 14 in the nation, and obliterated the school record of 3:59.30 that SPF ran in March.
The Raiders also smashed the school record in the 4x200 on Saturday with their winning time of 1:42.88, breaking the mark of 1:43.25 that was set at 2018 East Coast Relays.
Lyght has now run on all three school record sprint relays. As a freshman, she ran on the 4x200, and ran the second leg on the school record 4x100, which ran 47.52 to place third at the Meet of Champions.
"We knew with Corinne we could do some really special things, and we showed that today,'' said Jackson, who came from behind to win the 4x200 with a 25.1 split. "We knew we were ready to run a fast 4x400, but we didn't think it would be this fast. And we know we can keep getting faster if we keep working hard. This is just the start of things for us.''
To view Jim Lambert's fill coverage in NJ MileSplit on this weekend's Blue Devil Classic, click here.
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