Injuries Sideline State Record Holder Dwyer At Group 4 Meet

Ajani Dwyer, who is the NJ record holder in the 55-meter dash and owns the fastest time in the nation in that event this season, was conspicuous by his absence at Saturday's NJSIAA Group 4 Championships at the Bennett Center in Toms River.

Dwyer, a senior at Washington Township, didn't race due to a fractured big toe and tendinitis in his knee, according to Washington Township coach Chris Mitchell. Mitchell is hopeful that Dwyer can return to race at the New Balance National Championships next month in Boston.

The Penn State-bound Dwyer smashed the state record in the 55 dash when he ran 6.18, tied for No. 10 in U.S. history, at the Millrose Games Trials on Jan. 10 at the New York Armory. The previous NJ high school record of 6.26 was shared by Damiere Byrd of Timber Creek (2011) and the late Mario Heslop of Franklin (2018), who both ran those times at the New Balance National Championships at the NY Armory.