Editor’s Note: The following account was written by Jason Russo, Head Girls Track and Field Coach at Haddonfield Memorial High School.
While Drew Hunter was busy rewriting history at the New Balance Track and Field Center this weekend, several graduates of Haddonfield Memorial High School also happened to spend the weekend on the speedy, historic 200 meter track.
Shelby Cain (class of 2014) a sophomore runner for the University of Richmond started the reunion Friday night as she ran an indoor personal best of 17:42.72, finishing 15th in the college women’s 5000m race. Little did Shelby know that the very next day of this two day meet, the same track would be assaulted by several other Haddonfield Dawgs – now running professionally.
Saturday afternoon, three Haddonfield graduates would compete in three consecutive events on the track. The first would be Erin Donohue (class of 2001), now with the NY-NJ track club, racing the women’s invitational mile. On the big stage, Donohue certainly did not disappoint, running 4:29.67 for the mile and finishing second.
In the very next race, Greta Feldman (class of 2009) also with the NY-NJ track club, would line up to take on the 800. Feldman would finish 7th in the race, running a time of 2:07.39.
Likely passing each other as they moved and off the track, high school teammate Marielle Hall (class of 2010) toed the line in the VERY NEXT race! An NCAA champion and graduate of University of Texas, now running for Nike, Marielle certainly ended the Haddonfield weekend with some fireworks. The former Bulldog cruised to a speedy victory of 8:54.70 in the Women’s Invitational 3000m race. That time is currently the third fastest time IN THE WORLD run at that distance!
What a treat for fans of New Jersey and South Jersey Track and Field! And to think all four ran for the same high school in just a matter of 14 years.