Sterling’s Coppolino moves into #11 spot on all-time S.J. 800 list with huge PR at Meet of Champions!!!

Sterling’s Sydney Coppolino has been one of South Jersey’s most consistent half-milers for two years now. She had broken 2:14 five times going into the Meet of Champions, including a PR of 2:13.03 at the state Group 2 meet.

Seems like Coppolino never has a bad race. She ran 2:15 or faster in every single major meet she raced this year and has either won or run 2:16 or faster in every 800 she’s run since sectionals freshman year!

Generally, when a runner races that consistently, a big PR follows, and that’s what happened for the Sterling junior on Saturday.

Coppolino ran a 1 1/2-second PR of 2:11.45 for fifth place in the Meet of Champions.

It was the second-fastest time by a South Jersey girl in eight years and third-fastest in Camden County history!

She was also fifth last year but ran 2:13.62 in a much slower race.

Not far back was Washington Township freshman Kami Jo Hickson, who placed seventh and lowered her PR from 2:12.72 at the state Group 4 meet to 2:12.04, which is No. 16 in South Jersey history and fastest by a Gloucester County girl since Ruth Lockbaum of Glassboro ran 2:10.9 in 1985 — 32 years ago.

Coppolino and Hickson were among five South Jersey girls under 2:20. The others were Kingsway sophomore Destiny Stanford (10th in 2:15.16), Lenape senior Megan Quimby (13th in 2:17.22) and Seneca senior Kayla Martin (18th in 2:18.05).

Here’s the updated South Jersey all-time list:
2:07.33 … Marielle Hall (Haddonfield), 2009
2:08.87 … Erin Donohue (Haddonfield), 2001
2:09.2h … Katrina Sye (Buena), 1999
2:09.50 … Renee Tomlin (Ocean City), 2005
2:09.84 … Rachel Stremme (Ocean City), 2014
2:10.1h … Michelle Rowen (Washington Twp.), 1982
2:10.57 … Nijgia Snapp (Oakcrest), 2009
2:10.79 … Krista Ferrara (Vineland), 1991
2:10.9h … Ruth Lockbaum (Glassboro), 1985
2:11.07 … Miya Johnson (Lenape), 2007
2:11.45 … Sydney Coppolino (Sterling), 2017
2:11.56 … Mary Bohi (Seneca), 2009
2:11.80 … Briana Gess (Haddonfield), 2016
2:11.88 … Kayla Martin (Seneca), 2015
2:11.94 … Bridget Flynn (Ocean City), 2014
2:12.04 … Kami Jo Hickson (Washington Twp.), 2017
2:12.0h … Monica Olkowski (Cherokee), 1990
2:12.28 … Rachel Vick (Kingsway), 2017
2:12.61 … Felicia O’Donnell (Delsea), 2009
2:12.63 … Liz Locke (Kingsway), 2010
2:12.77 … Lauren McHale (Ocean City), 1998
2:12.78 … Megan Quimby (Lenape), 2015
2:12.83 … Brooke Kott (Millville), 2008
2:12.85 … Greta Feldman (Haddonfield), 2008
2:12.93 … Carly Pettipaw (Lenape), 2015

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