Sterling girls run #9 all-time South Jersey DMR for 2nd place at Easterns!!!

They were seeded 16th at 12:40.

Needless to say, they beat their seed time.

Sterling’s girls ran 12:07.00 — a 33-second season-best and the seventh-fastest time in the U.S. this year — for second place in the distance medley out of the slow heat Tuesday night at Easterns at the 168th Street Armory.

North Hunterdon, which entered the race ranked 8th nationally at 12:09.10, won the fast heat in 12:00.45, 4th-fastest this year nationally. Sterling’s time stood for second and is ninth-fastest in South Jersey indoor track history and the fastest ever by a school other than Haddonfield, Lenape or Ocean City.

North Hunterdon and Sterling ran the No. 1 and 2 times by New Jersey schools this year. Randolph (12:11.43), Ridge (12:12.33), Pope John (12:15.78) and Danbury, Ct. (12:19.85) made it six schools under 12:20.

Here’s the updated all-time South Jersey indoor DMR list:

  • 11:43.94 … Haddonfield, 2014, Nationals
  • 11:54.63 … Lenape, 2013, Easterns
  • 11:55.90 … Lenape, 2012, Varsity Classic
  • 11:58.92 … Lenape, 2010, Easterns
  • 12:02.51 … Ocean City, 2014, New Balance Indoors
  • 12:03.4 ….. Haddonfield, 2015, Varsity Classic
  • 12:04.45 … Haddonfield, 2009, National Scholastic Indoors
  • 12:04.9 ….. Lenape, 2015, Varsity Classic
  • 12:07.00 … Sterling, 2017, Easterns
  • 12:11.7 ….. Haddonfield, 2017, Varsity Classic
  • 12:12.22 … Ocean City, 2005, Nike Indoor Nationals
  • 12:13.46 … Washington Twp., 2011, Easterns
  • 12:14.48 … Haddonfield, 2013, Easterns
  • 12:15.60 … Lenape, 2014, Varsity Classic
  • 12:17.4 ….. Lenape, 2017, Varsity Classic
  • 12:19.81 … Lenape, 2009, Nike Indoor Nationals

Junior Sydney Coppolino led off with a 3:36.3 split for Sterling, with Saraly Gonzalez splitting 61.2 for 400, Leyna Jewell  2:24.8 and Madison Coppolino anchoring in 5:04.8.

As fast as the race was, neither school cracked the all-time Easterns top-20 in the DMR, which has always been a crazy fast race:

DISTANCE MEDLEY
11:48.61 … Southern Regional, 2009
11:49.59 … Warwick Valley, N.Y., 2008
11:49.62 … Southern Regional, 2007
11:50.86 … Boys and Girls, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2002
11:51.54 … Red Bank Regional, 2002
11:51.28 … Shenendehowa, N.Y., 2009
11:52.9h … Red Bank Regional, 2003
11:53.54+ … Bernards, 1983
11:54.63 … Lenape, 2013
11:55.32 … Red Bank Catholic, 2012
11:56.08 … Mount St. Dominic, 2014
11:56.24 … Colts Neck, 2007
11:56.75 … Roxbury, 2006
11:57.06 … Mount St. Dominic, 2012
11:57.07 Freehold Township, 2014
11:57.92 … Suffern, N.Y., 2005
11:58.74 … West Morris Mendham, 2012
11:58.80 … Southern Regional, 2008
11:58.82 … Red Bank Catholic, 2011
11:58.92 … Lenape, 2010

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