Mainland’s Alyssa Aldridge races to 3rd place in Penn Relays 3,000 with all-time SJ #4 time!!!!!

Mainland Regional junior Alyssa Aldridge placed third in the Penn Relays high school girls 3,000-meter run Thursday with the fourth-fastest time in South Jersey history.

Aldridge ran 9:50.11, finishing behind only Jessica Lawson of Corning-Painted Post High in Corning, N.Y. (9:37.63) and Martha McDonald of Havergal College in Toronto, Ontario (9:42.10).

Her time is also No. 16 in state history and fastest by a South Jersey girl at Penn since Cherokee’s Megan Lacy ran 9:44.72 for fourth place in the 2012 race.

It’s also fastest by any New Jersey girl since Megan Durham of Villa Walsh Academy in Morristown ran 9:46.76 at the 2013 Penn Relays.

Aldridge’s previous 3,000 PR was 9:54.66 from last year’s Penn Relays.

Aldridge, the Meet of Champions and Foot Locker Regional champion this past fall in cross country, also has PRs of 4:55.83 for 1,600 meters, 10:34.78 for 3,200 meters, 17:24.43 for 5,000 meters on the track.

Here is the all-time South Jersey list, with all 10 girls under 10 minutes (eight of them in the last nine years):

9:40.23 …Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], 2010
9:44.72 …Megan Lacy [Cherokee], 2012
9:45.83 …Megan Venables [Highland], 2010
9:50.11 … Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg.], 2017
9:53.19 …Chelsea Ley [Kingsway], 2009
9:55.0h …Theresa Cattuna [Cherry Hill East], 2007
9:50.95 … Briana Gess [Haddonfield], 2016
9:57.12 …Dina Iacone  [Washington Twp.], 2012
9:57.9h …Michelle Rowen [Washington Twp.], 1981
9:59.5h …Deanna Germano [Shawnee], 1985
10:00.06 …Vanessa Wright (Haddonfield), 2005
10:00.4h …Kelly Foley (Haddonfield), 1981
10:00.6h …Dawn Cody (Paul VI), 1982
10:03.60 … Julianna Catania [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2016
10:04.90 … Meghan Hughes [Moorestown], 2003

And here’s the all-time state list, including Meg Waldron, who set the state record 35 years ago and was at the meet this past weekend and saw Aldridge run:

9:33.7h …Meg Waldron (Bernards), 1981
9:37.15 …Kathleen McCafferty (Oak Knoll Academy), 2008
9:37.1h …Jodie Bilotta (North Hunterdon), 1987
9:37.91 …Ashley Higginson (Colts Neck), 2007
9:40.11 …Monal Chokshi (Bridgewater-(Raritan West), 1991
9:40.23 …Marielle Hall (Haddonfield), 2010
9:41.24 …Chris Constantin (Kittatinny), 1988
9:41.7h …Anne Letko (North Hunterdon), 1981
9:44.72 …Megan Lacy (Cherokee), 2012
9:44.87 …Melanie Thompson (Voorhees), 2008
9:45.83 …Megan Venables (Highland), 2010
9:46.76 …Megan Curham (Villa Walsh Academy), 2013
9:47.10 …Danielle Tauro (Southern Regional), 2007
9:47.8h …Janet Smith (North Edison), 1984
9:49.0h …Theresa Gschwind (Summit), 1981
9:50.11 … Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg.], 2017
9:50.15 …Jenna Rogers (Ridgewood), 1994
9:50.5h …Chris MacDonnell (Westwood), 1980
9:51.70 …Amanda Trotter (Red Bank), 2002
9:51.72 …Melanie Thompson (Voorhees), 2009
9:52.22 …Dana Giordano (Bernards), 2011
9:52.73 … Carleen Jeffers [Ridgewood], 2015
9:53.19 …Chelsea Ley (Kingsway), 2009
9:53.39 … Dana Klein [Gill-St. Bernard’s], 2014
9:55.0h …Theresa Cattuna (Cherry Hill East), 2007
9:55.65 …Amy Beykirch (Pinelands), 1997
9:55.87 …Katie Kellner (West Windsor-Plainsboro South), 2009
9:48.59 …Grace Dwyer (Nottingham), 2014
9:50.11 … Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg.], 2017
9:50.95 … Briana Gess [Haddonfield], 2016
9:57.12 …Dina Iacone  (Washington Twp.), 2012
9:57.53 …Caroline Kellner (West Windsor-Plainsboro-South), 2010
9:57.93 … Eve Glasergreen [North Hunterdon], 2015
9:57.9h …Michelle Rowen (Washington Twp.), 1981
9:59.5h … Deanna Germano (Shawnee), 1985
9:59.7h … Melinda Holm (Mendham), 1981
10:00.06 …Vanessa Wright (Haddonfield), 2005
10:00.07… Kristen Stevens (Roxbury), 2006
10:00.2h … Lisa Schadler Bergenfield), 1980
10:00.4h … Kelly Foley (Haddonfield), 1981
10:00.6h … Dawn Cody (Paul VI), 1982
10:00.94 … Mackenzie Barry [Mendham], 2014
10:00.8 Amy Hansen (Woodb(Ridge), 1980
10:01.3 KristenHall (Mendham [West Morris]), 1991
10:01.4 Judy Ruff (Highland Park), 1980
10:02.16 Lindsay VanAlstine (Hawthorne Christian), 2003
10:03.2 Sandra Tignor (Princeton), 1988
10:03.60 … Julianna Catania [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2016
10:03.97 Cathy Feeney (Wayne Valley), 1990
10:04.14 Josette Norris (Tenafly), 2013
10:04.90 … Meghan Hughes [Moorestown], 2003

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