Sprint Star Sydney Hawkins Doubtful to Return This Season


Sydney Hawkins of Phillipsburg, who won the 100-meter dash at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions last June, will most likely miss the remainder of this season with a hamstring injury, Phillipsburg coach Rich Kiley announced on Tuesday night.

Hawkins missed most of the indoor season due to the hamstring injury, and returned to action when she anchored the winning 4x100m and 4x200m relays at the Skyland Conference Championships on April 13. But she aggravated the hamstring and hasn't raced since.

Kiley wrote in an email that the Rutgers-bound Hawkins is most likely out for the rest of the season, and that she wants to be sure her leg is fully healed for college and doesn't want to rush back and risk re--injuring it.

Hawkins became the best sprinter in Warren County history when she burned up the track as a junior last spring, highlighted by her electrifying victory in the 100, at the Meet of Champions in a personal best 11.73, and a third-place finish in the 200m in 23.93 at the New Balance Nationals.  

The 11.73 by Hawkins was the fastest time in NJ last year, and broke the Warren County and Lehigh Valley records. The previous Lehigh Valley 100 record off 11.74 (converted from 100 yards) by Vivian Riddick of Dieruff in Pa. had stood for 40 years.    

Hawkins, the first girl from P-Burg to win an outdoor Meet of Champions title on the track, also ran a PR of 23.91 in in the trials of the 200 at NBNO, which is also a Warren Country record and  just .01 off the Lehigh Valley record.

Hawkins came into this past indoor season favored to repeat as the Meet of Champions winner in the 55 dash, but after winning her first three races, a hamstring injury abruptly ended her season shortly after she won the 60m in 7.60 on Dec. 26 at the Bob Burdette Classic at Lehigh University, her final race of the season. 

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