Ocean City’s Grisbaum taking on loaded field in 3,200 at states!

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Ocean City’s Devon Grisbaum racing at the Armory this winter.

It’s been a long time since Ocean City’s Devon Grisbaum lost a 3,200, and she’ll face a loaded field Saturday when she shoots for a state Group 3 title.

Grisbaum, the Meet of Champions winner indoors, ran the fastest 3,200 in New Jersey this year at sectionals, winning by over 90 meters with a 10:41.57. She wasn’t far off her PR of 10:39.15, set when she was sixth at Meet of Champions last spring.

Even though she’s a Meet of Champions winner, Grisbaum has actually never won a state group title. But she’s been close. Grisbaum ran a very fast 18:33 at Holmdel at the state Group 3 XC meet, taking third behind West Morris Central’s Sierra Castaneda and Catherine Pagano of Northern Highlands. This winter, she ran 10;54 at indoor states at the Bubble, taking second to Grace Dwyer of Hamilton North, who ran 10:50.

On Saturday, she’ll be one of five girls that broke 11 minutes at sectionals toeing the line at states at South Plainfield. Pagano is the No. 2 seed at 10:45.33, with Olivia Viparina of Roxbury (10:53.37), Castaneda (10:55.86) and Amanda Bakley of Pennsauken (10:59.56) also under 11 and Julia Guerra of Indian Hills (11:00.51) and Dwyer (11:01.57) very close.

Grisbaum hasn’t lost a 3,200 since indoor states. She holds the Cape May County and the Cape-Atlantic League outdoor records with her 10:39.15 (although Brittany Sedberry ran 10:19.30 indoors in 2006).

Here’s a look at all the all-time South Jersey outdoor 3,200-meter list:

  • 10:12.8 ….. Michelle Rowen (Washington Twp.), 1983
  • 10:19.31 … Chelsea Ley (Kingsway), 2009
  • 10:22.02 … Megan Lacy (Cherokee), 2012
  • 10:28.6 ….. Erin Donohue (Haddonfield), 2001
  • 10:30.57 … Dina Iacone (Washington Twp.), 2012
  • 10:32.4 ….. Mindy Rowand (Sterling), 1985
  • 10:33.22 … Holly Bischof (Bishop Eustace), 2012
  • 10:33.25 … Megan Venables (Highland), 2011
  • 10:34.79 … Theresa Cattuna (Cherry Hill East), 2007
  • 10:35.59 … Amanda Goetschius (Delsea), 2007
  • 10:37.47 … Meghan McGlinchey (West Depford), 2009
  • 10:37.53 … Vanessa Wright (Haddonfield), 2005
  • 10:39.15 … Devon Grisbaum (Ocean City), 2015
  • 10:40.24 … Katie Van Horn (Triton), 2005
  • 10:42.22 … Jenn Rawls (Highland), 2009
  • 10:45.12 … Brianna Gess (Haddonfield), 2014
  • 10:49.95 … Erika Kemp (Rancocas Valley), 2013
  • 10:43.3 ….. Deanna Germano (Shawnee), 1985
  • 10:44.23 … Brittany Sedberry (Ocean City), 2004
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