Alyssa Aldridge didn’t get her third straight meet of Champions title, but she put together another tremendous race Saturday, finishing a close second to Monica Hebner of Northern Highlands.
Aldridge, who edged Hebner by two seconds in the state Group 3 race last weekend, ran 18:18, finishing about 20 meters behind Hebner.
Aldridge was bidding to become the first three-time winner since Monal Chokshi of Bridgewater from 1989 through 1991 and just the fourth overall.
In 2014, Aldridge finished second to Ocean City’s Devon Grisbaum, so this is four straight years she’s finished either first or second, and that’s incredible!
Full individual and team results can be found here: http://www.lfracing.com/cross-country/2017-xc-season/njsiaa-xc-meet-of-champions-11-18/
Hebner is the first M-of-C girls winner not from South Jersey since Sarah Disanza of High Point High in Wantage Township in Sussex County in 2012 and only the second since 2009.
Meanwhile, Sterling senior Madison Coppolino ran a 30-second Holmdel County Park PR, placing 13th in 18:54. Her previous PR was 19:24 for third at states last weekend.
Coppolino’s time is fastest by a Sterling girl at Holmdel in 33 years, since Mindy Rowand ran 18:40 in 1984.
Here’s the all-time South Jersey list for Holmdel County Park (as always, please forward errors and omissions to me in the comments section):
17:28 Megan Venables [Highland Reg.], 2010
17:40 Michelle Rowen [Washington Twp.], 1982
17:44 Chelsea Ley [Kingsway], 2008
17:45 Briana Gess [Haddonfield], 2013
17:54 Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland], 2015
17:55 Megan Lacy [Cherokee], 2010
18:09 Holly Bischof [Bishop Eustace], 2010
18:12 Brittany Sedberry [Ocean City], 2004
18:17 Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], 2009
18:19 Theresa Catunna [Cherry Hill East], 2006
18:20 Devin Grisbaum [Ocean City], 2014
18:22 Vanessa Wright [Haddonfield], 2004
18:27 Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], 2000
18:27 Grace Yoon [Cherry Hill East], 2016
18:28 Rachel Vick [Kingsway], 2016
18:38 Casey Doyle [Shawnee], 2007
18:40 Mindy Rowand [Sterling], 1984
18:40 Dina Iacone [Washington Twp.], 2011
18:41 Shelby Cain [Haddonfield], 2011
18:43 Amanda Goetschius [Delsea], 2005
18:44 Arianna McKinney [Highland], 2003
18:49 Mara Sschiffhauer [Seneca], 2013
18:50 Dawn Cody [Paul VI], 1982
18:50 Jamie Wisgerber [Woodstown], 1994
18:50 Meghan Malloy [Haddonfield], 2011
18:52 Lisa Burkholder [Cherokee], 2004
18:53 Renee Tomlin [Ocean City], 2005
18:54 Madison Coppolino [Sterling], 2017