Kingsway’s Rachel Vick runs MASSIVE 1,600 PR, #6 in S.J. history, fastest by Gloucester County girl in 35 years!!!!!!

Kingsway senior Rachel Vick ran away with the South Jersey Group 4 1,600 Friday afternoon, lowering her PR a whopping seven seconds in the process.

Vick, who entered the race at Egg Harbor with a PR of 4:59.78 from this year’s Gloucester County meet at Delsea. She ran 4:52.88, so that’s a 6.9-second improvement in one race!

Vick led four runners under 5:05 and ran away from Niamh Hayes of Howell, who also went sub-5, finishing second in 4:59.69, some 35 meters back. Hayes was the indoor Meter of Champions 3,200 champ with a sensational 10:31.98.

But on Friday, Vick got the better of Hayes, recording the fastest time by a Gloucester County runner since legendary Michelle Rowen of Washington Township ran 4:43.16 for a full mile indoors at Easterns in Boston in 1983 (she ran 4:41.5 hand-timed in 1982 outdoors).

Vick’s time is No. 6 in South Jersey history and third-fastest ever by a girl from a school other than Haddonfield.

Vick broke Rowen’s meet record of 4:53.4, set in 1983.

All-Time South Jersey 1,600 Performance List
4:41.16 … Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], 2000
4:41.52i,y … Michelle Rowen [Washington Twp.], 1982
4:45.97 … Briana Gess [Haddonfield], 2014
4:48.73 … Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], 2010
4:49.11 … Renee Tomlin [Ocean City], 2005
4:52.88 … Rachel Vick [Kingsway], 2017
4:52.95 … Caitlin Orr [Lenape], 2009
4:54.71 … Megan Hartman [Ocean City], 194
4:54.88 … Bridget Flynn [Holy Spirit], 2012
4:55.41 … Brittany Sedberry [Ocean City], 2004
4:55.45 … Julianna Catania [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2016
4:55.66 … Megan Lacy [Cherokee], 2012
4:55.70 … Dina Iacone [Washington Twp.], 2012
4:55.83 … Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg.], 2016
4:55.95 … Keely Maguire [Triton], 2007
4:55.9h … Dawn Cody [Paul VI], 1982

Where does Vick rank in state history? This is an incredible list!

Let’s take a look!

All-Time New Jersey 1,600 Performance List
4:37.45 … Danielle Tauro [Southern Reg.], 2006
4:41.16 … Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], 2000
4:41.61 … Josette Norris [Tenafly], 2013
4:41.52i,y … Michelle Rowen [Washington Twp.], 1982
4:42.1h,y … Doreen Ennis [Nutley], 1973
4:43.92 … Ajee’ Wilson [Neptune], 2010
4:44.90 … Molly McNamara [Red Bank Catholic], 2011
4:45.36 … Liz Lansing [Randolph], 2013
4:45.57 … Claudia DiSomma [Sparta], 2010
4:45.97 … Briana Gess [Haddonfield], 2014
4:46.28 … Melanie Thompson [Voorhees], 2009
4:46.32 … Sarah Disanza [High Point Reg.], 2013
4:46.4h … Margaret Scutro [Ridgewood], 1985
4:46.87 … Jill Smith [Southern Reg.], 2007
4:46.95 … Ariann Neutts [Roxbury], 2009
4:47.71 … Ashley Higginson [Colts Neck], 2007
4:47.7h,y … Jodi Bilotta [North Hunterdon], 1987
4:47.90 … Ciara Roche [Freehold Twp.], 2016
4:48.23 … Christina Cancan [West Windsor-Plainsboro South], 2016
4:48.48 … Kylene Cochrane [West Morris Central], 2014
4:48.62 … Katy Trotter [Red Bank], 2003
4:48.73 … Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], 2010
4:48.82 … Catherine Pagano [Northern Highlands], 2014
4:49.11 … Renee Tomlin [Ocean City], 2005
4:49.7h … Karen Ahern [Bernards], 1985
4:49.88 … Marin Warner [Holmdel], 2014
4:50.0h,y … Christine Engel [Mount Olive], 1992
4:51.38 … Grace Dwyer [Nottingham], 2014
4:51.54 … Joelle Amaral [Randolph], 2011
4:51.56 … Julia Guerra [Indian Hills], 2015
4:51.5h,y … Joetta Clark [Columbia], 1978
4:51.63 … Stephanie Snyder [Randolph], 1992
4:51.86 … Amanda Trotter [Red Bank], 2003
4:51.89 … Laura Quintana [Bernards], 2013
4:51.7h,y … Meg Waldron [Bernards], 1983
4:51.99 … Dana Giordano [Bernards], 2012
4:52.1h,y … Janet Smith [North Edison], 1984
4:52.41 … Kaitlyn Mooney [Southern Reg.], 2016
4:52.44 … Emily Bushey [Vernon Twp.], 2013
4:52.46 … Jenn Ennis [Roxbury], 2006
4:52.65 … Lindsay Gallo [Howell], 2000
4:52.74 … Eve Glasergreen [North Hunterdon], 2015
4:52.7h … Stacy Bilotta [North Hunterdon], 1984
4:52.88 … Rachel Vick [Kingsway], 2017
4:52.95 … Caitlin Orr [Lenape], 2009

Trivia question: Which runner on the above all-time New Jersey state list introduced me to legendary drummer Freddy Berman, who plays in Amos Lee’s band, earlier this month?

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