Christina Warren (Perkiomen Valley, PA) comes in with the highest seed, looking to better her own 8.12, chasing the facility record of 7.99. Alyssa Yeboah-Kodie (St. Anthony's) is right in that realm as well, capable of catching the record. Skyla Davidson (Lake Braddock, VA) is the next best seed, but will be chasing the leader to the line.
There are several verifiable seeds from the locals to headline the 55m. Halle Hazzard (St. Anthony's) is your odds on favorite, the current NY #1. Deja Bowen (Middletown) and Kiana Stallworth (New Rochelle) are regulars in the sprints, hovering around 7.10, while Ryan Webb (Hudson Catholic, NJ) comes from the Garden State. The unknown is Brittany Barriffe (West Side, NJ), who comes in with a high seed, but we're not quite sure where it comes from.
As always, there is a slim margin for the favorite status in the sprints. Only two athletes under 40secs in the field, but they are strong. Halle Hazzard (St. Anthony's) returns to Ocean Breeze, and will take on Iantha Wright (St. John's Prep).
Linesha Thompson (James Madison) may be a new name on the scene, but she clocked 40.98 in her only race on the books last week. Kaela Jolibois (Villa Marie, PA) has a personal best of 58.43 in the 400m, with Midlothian's Madison Anderson coming in at 57.31. Antoinette Bradley (Friendly, MD) can match that with her PR of 57.48, as well as Talitha Diggs (Saucon Valley). Diggs is the daughter of 4-Time Olympian Joetta Clark-Diggs, and has the genes for a strong race at any distance.
Things will be heating up here, as many girls come in with similar seeds. Emily Phillippides (Greenwich, CT) comes in with the fastest mark, 1:35.63 set last year. Right in her company will be Paige Keefer (West Babylon) at 1:36.81 and Ariella Garcia (Notre Dame Academy) at 1:37.51. The one to watch out for will be Lexi Del Gizzo (Tenafly), who has a 1:36.21 personal best, but has since run 56.47 outdoors since that mark was set. Should be a good race.