Quimby kicks her way to rare Burlington County Open triple

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Kara Bonner of Shawnee and Megan Quimby of Lenape lead the 800 approaching the gun lap. Photo courtesy of RunningWorksPix.

The rest of Burlington County kept throwing fresh runners at Megan Quimby. And she kept sprinting past them.

Quimby, a Lenape junior, on Saturday became the first runner in 37 years to triple the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at the Burlington County Open.

Kari Vigerstol never did it. Liz Moore never did it. Even Caitlin Orr never did it, although she came close.

Quimby ran 2:17.70, 5:23.30 and 11:53.81 to single-handedly score 30 points and help Lenape win its eighth team total in 10 years.

The only other girl to win all three long races on the track at a County Open was Kathy Sjolie of long-shuttered Kennedy High in Willingboro. Sjolie ran 2:22.2, 5:20.9 and 11:42.6 in 1979 for 880 yards, a full mile and two miles.

But she ran as fast as 2:15.7 and 5:01.9 and remains one of the all-time greats in South Jersey history. She was coached at Kennedy by Bill Lewis, father of Carl and Carol Lewis.

Sjolie ran for Kennedy’s boys XC team, since there were no girls XC teams back then. She went on to run at UNLV, becoming the first female in JFK High School history to earn an athletic scholarship. She now lives in Castle Pines, Colo.

Quimby raced just to win Saturday and didn’t come close to her PRs, which are 2:12.78 (from last year’s Meet of Champions), 4:57.12 (this year’s indoor M-of-C) and 10:58.97 (from last year’s County Open).

Quimby got all she could handle in the 800 from Shawnee’s Kara Bonner, who ran 2:18.56, pushing Quimby all the way to the line.

In the 1,600, Jess McAdams of Cherokee stayed with Quimby until the 200-meter mark before finishing second.

And in the 3,200, Quimby just stayed with the field until the last lap, closing in 69 for her final 400 and probably 32 for her final 200. Ashley Dunteman of Northern finished second in 12:02.55.

Quimby is the first Lenape girl to win the County Open 800 since Moira Cunningham in 2008 and the first to win the 3,200 since Orr won her fourth straight in 2010. Orr is now an assistant coach at Cherokee. She’s the second in a row to win the 1,600, following Camille Franklin last year.

Quimby and Staten are members of an elite group of girls who have tripled at the Burlington County Open. Since the girls meet was added in 1978, only nine girls have won three events at the same meet. Two of them are current Lenape juniors:

4 … Jasmine Staten, 2015 [200, 400, HH, LJ]
4 … Tonya Lee [RV], 1986 [HH, IH, HJ, LJ]
4 … Tonya Lee [RV], 1987 [HH, IH, HJ, LJ]
4 … Tabatha Haskins [Shawnee], 2005 [100HH, HJ, LJ, TJ]
3 … Carol Lewis, 1978 [LJ, 100HH, HJ]
3 … Jasmine Staten, 2016 [200, HH, LJ]
3 … Kathy Sjolie [JFK], 1979 [800, 1,600, 3,200]
3 … Megan Quimby [Lenape], 2016 [800, 1,600, 3,200]
3 … Kim Allen [Willingboro], 2004 [100HH, LJ, TJ]
3 … Lillian Rivera [Pemberton], 1983 [SP, DI, JAV]
3 … Lillian Rivera [Pemberton], 1984 [SP, DI, JAV]
3 … Lynlee Phillips  [Shawnee], 1998 [SP, DI, JAV]
3 … Lynlee Phillips  [Shawnee], 1999 [SP, DI, JAV]

Lenape outscored second-place Rancocas Valley 124 1/3-90 to win its three straight team title.

Lenape is now responsible for six of the nine-highest points totals in meet history, all since 2007. RV’s 90 points represent the fourth-highest second-place point total ever.

162.0 … Lenape, 2015 [1st]
147.0 … Willingboro, 2004 [1st]
146.0 … Lenape, 2008 [1st]
144.0 … Lenape, 2010 [1st]
138.0 … Lenape, 2014 [1st]
133.0 … Cherokee, 2013 [1st]
130.0 … Lenape, 2007 [1st]
127.0 … Shawnee, 1997 [1st]
124.0 … Lenape, 2016 [1st]
123.0 … Willingboro, 1992 [1st]
121.0 … Cherokee, 2012 [1st]
114.0 … Lenape, 2011 [1st]
113.0 … Shawnee, 1995 [1st]
107.0 … Shawnee, 1998 [1st]
107.0 … Shawnee, 1996 [Tie 1st]
107.0 … Willingboro, 1996 [Tie 1st]
106.0 … Willingboro, 2003 [1st]
100.3 … Lenape, 2012 [2nd]
101.0 … Lenape, 2009 [1st]
101.0 … Willingboro, 2005 [1st]
  96.0 … Willingboro, 1996 [1st]
  96.0 … Willingboro, 1993 [1st]
  95.0 … Shawnee, 2003 [2nd]
  94.0 … Willingboro, 2008 [1st]
  93.0 … Willingboro, 1997 [2nd]
  90.0 … Rancocas Valley, 2016 [2nd]

Rancocas Valley scored its most points ever and matched its best finish ever. The Red Devil girls were also second in 1989 and 2011.

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