Penn State freshman Madison Coppolino, who starred at Sterling High School, finished 18th of more than 125 runners in the Spiked Shoe Invitational in State College this past weekend.
Coppolino ran unattached, which leaves the possibility that she will red-shirt her freshman year, but she covered the 6,000-meter course in 21:54, which is the same pace [5:52 per mile] as running 18:15 over the high school 5,000-meter distance.
Coppolino finished sixth among Penn State runners, although she doesn’t count in team scoring because she ran unattached. Penn State won the team title, 32-55, over Syracuse.
Coppolino was the fifth freshman across the line and the third from Penn State, following overall winner Julia Paternain, who hails from Cambridge, England, and Jordan Williams of Sharon, Pa., who was 16th. Another PSU freshman, Moria O’Shea from Greensburg, Pa., was 21st. Four of the top six freshmen in the race are from Penn State.
Another South Jersey freshman, Mainland’s Alyssa Aldridge, finished 26 seconds behind Coppolino. Aldridge was Georgetown’s fifth runner, placing 32nd in the field of 127 in 22:20. Georgetown placed third.
A week earlier in her collegiate debut, Coppolino placed 11th — among ninth among Penn State runners – over 4,000 meters in the Dolan Duals meet at Lock Haven with a time of 15:17.
Penn State is ranked No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic Region and No. 13 nationally.
At Sterling, Coppolino placed 13th in the XC Meet of Champions last fall and ran 10:46.38 for fifth I the 3,200 at the Meet of Champions last spring.