Sterling girls run fastest sprint medley by a South Jersey school in four years!!!!!

C-mHtlZW0AIJuXnjunior Sydney Coppolino split 2:12 to anchor Sterling to an eye-popping 4:05.57 win in the sprint medley Saturday at the Rowland Relays at Haddon Township.

Sterling won the race by 130 meters over Cumberland Regional.

Sterling’s time is fastest in New Jersey this year and No. 13 on the all-time South Jersey list, fastest since Millville ran 4:04.44 in 2013. The Silver Knights broke the school record of 4:17.90 – set a week earlier at Woodbury — by more than 12 seconds.

Junior Aliya Harrison led off with a 59.7 for 400 meters, with junior Carly Fox and senior Janell Rowe both splitting 26 and change for the 200 legs. That set up Coppolino, who has run 2:13 scratch several times and finished fifth last spring in the Meet of Champions.

Sterling broke the Group 2 meet record of 4:18.30, set in 1983 by Washington Township — presumably with legendary Michelle Rowen anchoring — and also the overall meet record of 4:14.90, set in 2000 by Overbrook, presumably with Tara DeBrielle anchoring.

Here’s the all-time South Jersey SMR list:

3:59.6h … Willingboro, 2003
4:00.34 … Willingboro, 2006
4:00.71 … Willingboro, 2002
4:01.07 … Lenape, 2015
4:02.69 … Willingboro, 2004
4:02.89 … Woodrow Wilson, 2002
4:03.04 … Camden, 1995
4:03.54 … Lenape, 2006
4:04.44 … Millville, 2013
4:04.86 … Woodrow Wilson, 2009
4:05.2h … Winslow Twp., 2003
4:05.36 … Willingboro, 2010
4:05.57 … Sterling, 2017
4:05.70 … Ocean City, 2004
4:06.06 … Ocean City, 2005
4:06.56 … Rancocas Valley, 2007
4:07.16 … Egg Harbor Twp., 2015

Interesting to note that the South Jersey record is listed in most places as 3:59.0 by Willingboro in 2003.

The reality is that when the Chimeras ran that time at the 2003 Carl Lewis Relays before FAT timing was used at that meet, a finish line clerk scribbled the “6” so sloppily that the results tent read it as a “0” and not a 6. I tried to correct the woman in the tent typing up the results, but she had no interest in getting the time correctly.

It didn’t help that my conversation with her was obstructed by excruciatingly loud and abrasive rap music blasting out of speakers strategically set up three inches from the results tent.

So despite the fact that everybody’s stopwatch – including mine – had something between 3:59.6 and 3:59.7 – the time has gone into the record books as 3:59.0.

But not my record book!

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