Kingsway’s Rachel Vick wins Easterns mile in historic performance at the Armory!!!!!

Rachel Vick did something very few girls milers have done at Easterns the last quarter of a century.

She ran fast.

The mile for some reason has generally been a slow affair at Easterns. Probably because the top girls generally anchor DMRs as their teams look for Penn Relays qualifiers.

Ten girls ran sub-4:56 for the full mile at Easterns when the meet was in Boston in the 1980s, most notably Washington Township’s Michelle Rowen, whose 4:43.1 at the 1983 meet in Boston was No. 4 in U.S. history at the time and remains the meet record.

But in the 26 years from 1990 through 2016, only two did ran sub-4:56 — Erin Donohue of Haddonfield with her 4:54.73 in 2001 and Maddy Berkson of Classical High in Providence, R.I., whose 4:50.11 in 2014 was fastest at Easterns in 31 years.

In fact, from 1990 through 2013, a span of 24 years, Donohue was the only girl to even break 5:00 at Easterns. Even when the meet moved to the fast track at the Armory.

On Tuesday night, Vick, a Kingsway High School senior, put that trend to shame. She not only became the first Kingsway boy or girl ever to win an Easterns title, and she not only won the mile, she did it in extraordinary fashion, running 4:55.96 and beating the field by 15 meters.

(An aside – I’m surprised Kingsway alum Denise Liles, a member of the U.S. Junior National gold medal-winning 400-meter relay team, didn’t win the Easterns 60-yard dash in the 1980s but she may not have run indoor track.)

Vick went out in 2:32.6 and led a pack of nine girls that was at or below 2:34 at the 880-yard mark. She came back in 2:23.5 for the back 880, including 68.0 for the final 440 and a sick 31.4 for her final 220.

Flynn was the only girl that was still close to Vick with 400 meters left, but Vick put her away with that 31.4 final lap.

Vick is only the fourth South Jersey girl ever to win the Easterns mile title, 34 years after Rowen ran 4:43.1 in Boston — still a meet record. The two Haddonfield girls, Erin Donohue in 2001 and Briana Gess in 2015, are the only other South Jersey winners in meet history.

OK, let’s go to the lists!

Vick’s time is fifth-fastest in South Jersey history. We converted all 1,600-meter run times to mile times.

All-Time S.J. Indoor Girls Mile List

4:43.16 …… Michelle Rowen [Washington Twp.], 1983
4:51.15 ……. Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], 2001
4:53.29m … Briana Gess [Haddonfield], 2016
4:55.06m … Lindsey Kane [Washington Twp.], 2014
4:55.96 …… Rachel Vick [Kingsway], 2017
4:56.29m … Celine Mazzi [Delsea], 2014
4:58.84m … Megan Quimby [Lenape], 2016
4:59.45m … Caitlin Orr [Lenpae], 2010
5:00.21 m … Natalie Ocasio [Lenape], 2010
5:01.03 m … Julia DeSpirito [Shawnee], 2014
5:01.13 m … Megan Lacy [Cherokee], 2012
4:57.8h …… Ruth Lockbaum [Glassboro], 1985
5:02.19 …… Lisa Burkholder [Cherokee], 2004

Now here’s the all-time Easterns performance list, with Vick at No. 10 in meet history – pretty lofty spot among some notable names!

All-Time Easterns Mile Performance List

4:43.1h … Michelle Rowen (Washington Twp.), 1983
4:45.09 … Ceci Hopp (Greenwich, Ct.), 1981
4:50.11 … Maddy Berkson (Classical, R.I.), 2014
4:52.31 … Eileen Ellig (Rutland, Vt.), 1985
4:52.36 … Shola Lynch (Hunter, N.Y.), 1986
4:52.37 … Patty Weigand (Conestoga, N.Y.), 1986
4:52.55 … Nnena Lynch (Hunter, N.Y.), 1987
4:53.36 … Lisa Welch (Peabody, Mass.), 1981
4:54.73 … Erin Donohue (Haddonfield), 2001
4:55.05 ……… Wiegand, 1987
4:55.24 ……… N. Lynch, 1989
4:55.87 ……… N. Lynch, 1988
4:55.96 … Rachel Vick [Kingsway], 2017
4:55.98 … Hannah Bonaguidi (Delaware Valley), 2016
4:56.19 … Jessica Drop (Coginchaug Reg., Ct.), 2016
4:56.86 … Laurie Glynn (Winchester, Mass.), 1981
4:57.56 … Wendy Delan (Bonny Eagle, Maine), 1986
4:58.2h … Toni Ann Angione (Bergenfield), 1984
4:58.64 … Lily Flynn [Ursuline School, N.Y.), 2017
4:58.72 … Cathy Feeney (Wayne Valley), 1988
4:58.99 … Carolina Beroutsos (Nightingale Bamford, N.Y.), 2016
4:59.25 … Brian Gess (Haddonfield), 2015
4:59.57 … ? Norton (East Islip, N.Y.), 1989
4:59.78 … Kathy Good (Randolph), 1981
4:59.85 … Denise Dougherty (New Canaan, Ct.), 1981
5:00.02 … Michelle Rorke (Bronxville, N.Y.), 2002
5:00.37 … Jaclyn Marshall (Kings Park, N.Y.), 2008
5:01.31 … Christina Engel (Mount Olive), 1992
5:01.54 … Barbara Strehler (Trinity Episcopal, Va.), 2009
5:01.62 … Laura Cummings (Bay Shore, N.Y.), 2004
5:01.72 … Emily Sherrard (Hopewell Valley), 2005
5:01.77 … Mary Liz McCurdy (Bay Shore), 2003
5:01.79 … Sarah McCurdy (Bay Shore, N.Y.), 2008
5:01.81 … Amanda Corbosiero (Mt. St. Dominic, N.J.), 2013

Vick’s previous indoor mile PR was a 5:03.71, converted from a 5:01.96 over 1,600 meters, when she won states last month. So this was roughly an eight-second indoor PR!

Vick’s overall PR is 5:01.07 last spring at sectionals, which converts to a 5:02.82 full mile. So Vick essentially ran seven seconds faster Tuesday night than she ever had before.

How about one last list?

The mile has been run at Easterns since the inception of the girls meet in 1980. Here’s a list of the winner of the race every year it’s been held:

All-Time Easterns Girls Mile Winners

1980 … Shelly Steeley [Bishop O’Connell, Pa.], 4:57.4
1981 … Ceci Hopp [Greenwich, Ct.], 4:45.09
1982 … Chris Curtin [Mepham, N.Y.], 4:49.30
1983 … Michelle Rowen [Washington, N.J.], 4:43.16
1984 … Toni Ann Angione [Bergenfield, N.J.], 4:58.2
1985 … Eileen Ellig [Rutland, N.Y.], 4:52.37
1986 … Shola Lynch [Hunter, N.Y.], 4:52.36
1987 … Nnenna Lynch [Hunter, N.Y.], 4:52.55
1988 … Nnenna Lynch [Hunter, N.Y.], 4:52.87
1989 … Nnenna Lynch [Hunter, N.Y.], 4:55.24
1990 … Leanne Burke [Randolph, Mass.], 5:02.71
1991 … Christine Engel [Mount Olive, N.J.], 5:09.84
1992 … Christine Engel [Mount Olive, N.J.], 5:01.31
1993 … Monal Chokshi [Bridgewater, N.J.], 5:08.25
1994 … Austin [Foxboro, Mass.], 5:18.01
1995 … Helena Kimball [Londonderry, N.H.], 5:07.93
1996 … Autumn Fogg [Hunterdon Central, N.J.], 5:02.92
1997 … Dara Crocker [Columbia, N.J.], 5:04.11
1998 … Megan Howell [Suffern, N.Y.], 5:07.62
1999 … Cate Guiney [Middletown South, N.J.], 5:03.39
2000 … Lindsey Gallo [Howell, N.J.], 5:08.11
2001 … Erin Donohue [Haddonfield, N.J.], 4:54.73
2002 … Michelle Rourke [Bronxville, N.Y.], 5:00.02
2003 … Mary Liz McCurdy [Bayshore, N.Y.], 5:01.77
2004 … Laura Cummings [Bayshore, N.Y.], 5:01.62
2005 … Emily Sherrard [Hopewell Valley, N.J.], 5:01.72
2006 … Callie Hogan [Bay Shore, N.Y.], 5:02.48
2007 … Amanda “Peanut” Marino [Jackson, N.J.], 5:02.64
2008 … Jaclyn Marshall [Kings Park, N.Y.], 5:00.37
2009 … Barbara Strehler [Trinity Episcopal, Va.], 5:01.54
2010 … Alyssa LaGuardia [DePaul Catholic, N.Y.], 5:07.02
2011 … Dana Giordano [Bernards, N.J.], 5:04.28
2012 … Megan Lacy [Cherokee, N.J.], 5:05.88
2013 … Amanda Corbosiero [Mt. St. Dominic, N.J.], 5:01.81
2014 … Maddy Berkson [Classical, R.I.], 4:50.11
2015 … Briana Gess [Haddonfield, N.J.], 4:59.25
2016 … Hannah Bonaguidi [Delaware Valley, N.J.], 4:55.98
2017 … Rachel Vick [Kingsway, N.J.], 4:55.96

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One thought on “Kingsway’s Rachel Vick wins Easterns mile in historic performance at the Armory!!!!!

  1. davidmstewart2013 March 1, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    “Norton”, who ran 4:59.57 in 1989, is Jennifer Norton who went on to run for NC State. Listed just below Gess, on the Eastern performance list, who is, of course, Briana, not Brian.

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