Christin Bettis’s high school 1,600 PR at Hammonton was 5:13.01, which converts to about a 5:14.83 for a full mile. Her mile PR at Rowan was 5:15.89.
Then she raced at Lehigh a few days ago and five years after the last time she PR’d in the mile, she PR’d again.
Bettis ran 5:02.33 to win the fast section of the mile and wound up the overall winner in a field of 35 runners at the John Covert Classic at Rauch Fieldhouse.
That is a PR of about 13 1/2 seconds for Bettis, a 2012 graduate of Hammonton High School and now a senior at Rowan.
Bettis generally runs longer stuff — she won the 10,000 at the ECAC Division 3 meet last spring at Springfield (Mass.) College and reached the NCAA Division 3 nationals last spring. But she also has 2:19 wheels in the 800.
In fact, at the New Jersey Athletic Conference meet at Ramapo College in Mahwah last spring, she won the 10,000 and was third in the 800! Talk about crazy range!
So the mile should be a natural event for her, and at Lehigh she beat the field by 25 meters, finishing about 4 1/2 seconds ahead of second-place Cassandra Hrusko of Stockton via Manchester Township High School.
That should augur well once Bettis gets back to racing her specialties, the 5,000 and 10,000!