Aldridge blazes fastest NJ time at Van Cortland in 33 years, becomes SJ’s first Foot Locker NE winner!!!

Alyssa Aldridge made history Saturday.

Lots of history.

♦ Aldridge, a junior at Mainland Regional, became the first girl ever from South Jersey to win the Foot Locker Northeast Regionals at historic Van Cortland Park.

♦ She became only the third New Jersey winner ever at Northeast Regionals and the first in 28 years.

♦ She ran the fastest time by a New Jersey girl at Vanny in 33 years, the third-fastest ever and the fastest by a South Jersey girl in 34 years.

♦ She became only the second South Jersey girl ever to place in the top-six at Foot Locker Regionals in back-to-back years.

And of course she established herself as a real threat to finish at or near the front at Foot Locker nationals in two weeks in San Diego.

Aldridge ran 17:40.3 to win the Foot Locker Northeast Regional race over the historic Van Cortland 5,000-meter course in New York.

Aldridge, sixth at Regionals in 17:47 and 23rd at nationals last year, finished a whopping 70 meters ahead of Jacqueline Gaughan, a junior at Exeter High in New Hampshire, who was second in 17:55.

With her 17:40, Aldridge moved into the No. 3 spot on the all-time New Jersey list at Van Cortland Park, behind only two legends from the early 1980s – Janet Smith of J.P. Stevens and Michelle Rowen of Washington Township.

Her time is No. 25 all-time on the legendary 5,000-meter Vanny course, which has been used for Foot Locker Northeast Regionals since the meet’s inception 38 years ago.

Aldridge is the third New Jersey winner ever at Northeast Regionals, after only Smith in 1983 and Christi Constantin of Kittatinny Regional in 1988.

After decades without much of a peep from South Jersey girls at Foot Locker Regionals, it’s been quite a run for South Jersey.

After South Jersey was blanked in 22 of the meet’s first 24 years, South Jersey has now had at least one qualifier 10 of the last 14 years. In all, South Jersey has had 11 qualifiers in the last 10 years.

Thirteen of the 15 Foot Locker Nationals qualifiers South Jersey has produced have been since 2003.

Here’s a look at the all-time New Jersey list at Vanny, with South Jersey girls in boldface:

  • 17:08.1 … Janet Smith [J.P. Stevens], 1983
  • 17:28.7 … Michelle Rowen [Washington Twp.], 1982
  • 17:40.3 … Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Regional], 2015 
  • 17:42.3 … Christi Constantin [Kittatinny Reg.], 1988
  • 17:43.2 … Briana Gess [Haddonfield], 2013
  • 17:52.0 … Ashley Higginson [Colts Neck], 2006
  • 17:53.6 … Kate McCafferty [Voorhees], 2007
  • 17:54.9 … Danielle Tauro [Southern Regional], 2005
  • 17:55.4 … Jodie Bilotta [North Hunterdon], 1985
  • 17:55.6 … Katie Trotter [Red Bank Regional], 2002
  • 17:55.9 … Anne Marie Letko [North Hunterdon], 1985
  • 18:00.4 … Chelsea Ley [Kingsway], 2007
  • 18:00.6 … Briana Jackucewicz [Colts Neck], 2005
  • 18:02.8 … Theresa Gschwind [Summit], 1981
  • 18:05.9 … Melanie Thompson [Voorhees], 2008

And here’s a look at every Foot Locker Nationals qualifier from South Jersey:
1982
2nd, Michelle Rowan, 12, Washington Township, 17:28.7
1998
2nd, Erin Donohue 10, Haddonfield, 18:07.8
2003
2nd, Brittany Sedberry 10 [Ocean City], 18:16.4
2004
10th, Brittany Sedberry 11 [Ocean City], 18:33
2007
10th, Chelsea Ley, 10 [Kingsway], 18:33.1
2008
5th, Chelsea Ley [Kingsway], 18:08.3
2009
3rd, Chelsea Ley [Kingsway], 18:33.1
5th, Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], 18:36.4
2010
3rd, Megan Lacy [Cherokee], 18:08.0
4th, Megan Venables [Highland], 18:11.0
2011
4th Holly Bischof [Bishop Eustace], 18:24.9
2013
5th Briana Gess [Hadonfield], 17:43.2
2015
5th Briana Gess [Hadonfield], 17:44.2
6th Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg,.], 17:47.8
2016
1st Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg,.], 17:40.3

Finally, here’s the all-time Van Cortland list, with New Jersey runners in bold face:

16:46.0 – Cathy Schiro (Dover, N.H.), 1984
17:04.7 – Lois Brommer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), 1981
17:08.1 – Janet Smith (J.P. Stevens, N.J.), 1983
17:19.3 – Christine Curtin (Mepham, N.Y.), 1982
17:23.3 – Mary Cobb (Pittsfield, Mass.), 1994
17:25.1 – Sally Glynn (Walter Johnson, Md.), 1994
17:28.7 – Michelle Rowen (Washington Twp., N.J.), 1982
17:31.1 – Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass.), 2008
17:31.5 – Erin Sullivan (Mount Mansfield, Vt.), 1997
17:32.0 – Cheri Goddard (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), 1988
17:32.3 – Tessa Barrett (Waverly, Pa.), 2013
17:32.4 – Liz Mueller (Waterford, Conn.), 1991
17:33.4 – Ari Lambie (Bromfield, Mass.), 2002
17:34.1 – Denise Bushallow (Auburn, N.Y.), 1986
17:35.1 – Lynne Strauss (State College, Pa.), 1981
17:35.2 – Brianna Schwartz (Shaler, Pa.), 2014
17:37.1 – Dana Ostrander (Shenendehowa, N.Y.), 1994
17:37.3 – Anoush Shehadeh (Phillips Andover, N.Y.), 2013
17:37.4 – Neely Spence (Shippensburg, Pa.), 2007
17:37.7 – Shelby Greaney (Suffern, N.Y.), 2008
17:39.0 – Aisling Cuffe (Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y.), 2008
17:39.1 – Madeleine Davison (Wexford, Pa.), 17:39.1
17:39.3 – Ceci Hopp (Greenwich, Conn.), 1980
17:39.4 – Hannah Debase (Staples, Ct.), 2013
17:40.3 – Alyssa Aldridge (Mainland Reg.), 2016
17:40.5 – Susannah Beck (Waynflete School, Maine), 1985
17:41.5 – Erin Davis (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), 1993
17:41.5 – Jessica Lawson (Addison, N.Y.), 2015
17:41.8 – Nicole Blood (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), 2004
17:41.8 – Nicole Blood (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), 2005
17:42.1 – Hannah Davidson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), 2006
17:42.3 – Christi Constantin (Kittatinny Reg., N.J.), 1988
17:42.5 – Stacey Prey (Brighton, N.Y.), 1984
17:42.7 – Maria Coffin (Annapolis, Md.), 2015
17:43.2 – Briana Gess (Haddonfield, N.J.), 2013
17:43.3 – Laura Craven (Beechcroft, Ohio), 1981
17:43.7 – Hannah DeBalsi (Westport, Ct.), 2015
17:44.0 – Carly Seymour (Central Cambria, Pa.), 2006
17:44.2 – Mary Kate Champagne (Plattsburgh, N.Y.), 2007
17:44.2 – Briana Gess (Haddonfield, N.J.), 17:44.2
17:45.0 – Laura Whitney (Stony Brook School, N.Y.), 1981
17:46.1 – Tara Chaplin (Union-32, Vt.), 1997
17:46.8 – Aisling Ryan (Warwick Valley, N.Y.), 2004
17:46.8 – Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass.), 2007
17:47.8 – Alyssa Aldridge (Mainland Reg.), 2015
17:48.4 – Natasha Roetter (Lexington, Mass.), 2001
17:48.8 – Emily Lipari (Roslyn, N.Y.), 2007
17:49.5 – Caterina Rocha (Peabody, Mass.), 2012
17:49.7 – Megan Reilly (Warwick, N.Y.), 2013
17:50.0 – Lindsey Scharf (Scarsdale, N.Y.), 2003
17:50.0 – Aislinn Ryan (Warwick, N.Y.), 2005
17:51.2 – Emma McMillan (Barrington, R.I.), 2014
17:51.5 – Amanda White (Dulaney, Md.), 1991
17:51.7 – Kacey Gibson (New Castle, Pa.), 2007
17:51.8 – Caitlin Lane (Saratoga, N.Y.), 2005
17:52.0 – Ashley Higginson (Marlboro. N.J.), 2006
17:52.1 – Hannah Davidson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), 2004
17:52.7 – Ariel Keklak (Sudbury, Mass.), 2015
17:52.9 – Thayer Plante (Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Mass.), 1982
17:53.0 – Nnenna Lynch (Hunter College, N.Y.), 1988
17:53.6 – Madeleine Davison (Wexford, Pa.), 2014
17:54.2 – Christine Crowley (Wellesley, Mass.), 1985
17:54.2 – Jillian Mastroianni (Sayville, N.Y.), 1998
17:54.4 – Erin Dietz (Bedford, Mass.), 2014
17:54.7 – Lindsey Ferguson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), 2005
17:54.8 – Erica Palmer (Monadnock, N.H.), 1997
17:54.9 – Danielle Tauro (Southern Reg., N.J.), 2005
17:55.2 – Jacqueline Gaughan (Exeter, N.Y.), 2016
17:55.4 – Jodie Bilotta (North Hunterdon, N.J.), 1985
17:55.6 – Katie Trotter (Red Bank Reg., N.J.), 2002
17:55.7 – Anna Flynn (Ursuline, N.Y.), 2014
17:55.9 – Anne Letko (North Hunterdon, N.J.), 1985
17:55.9 – Peggy Melonic (East Aurora, N.Y.), 1997
17:55.9 – Alison Smith (Columbia, Md.), 2006
17:56.7 – Eileen Ellig (Rutland, Vt.), 1984
17:57.5 – Eleanor Lawler (Wakefield, R.I.), 2015
17:57.9 – Kristin Seabury (Stoneham, Mass.), 1985
17:58.4 – Sage Hurta (Hamilton, N.Y.), 2015
17:58.7 – Marissa Sheva (Sellersville, Pa.), 2014
17:58.8 – Donna Fidler (Norristown, Pa.), 1994
17:59.3 – Molly Huddle (Notre Dame, N.Y.), 2001
17:59.8 – Maria Coffin (Annapolis, Md.), 2016

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