Bishop Eustace senior Katy Storti was South Jersey’s fastest girl at sectionals Saturday, even though her race wasn’t officially a sectional race and she didn’t win.
Storti ran a blazing 18:37 for second place in the Bob Kiessling non-public Championships, finishing just 60 meters behind Meet of Champions 3,200 winner Nicole Vanesse of Pingry School in Bernards Township, Somerset County.
Vanesse was the indoor Meet of Champions 3,200 winner last winter with a 10:34, which ranked No. 6 nationally.
Next for Storti is the state Parochial A race at Holmdel next weekend. Storti ran third last year, behind Vanesse and Jerika Lufrano of Union Catholic, who won the Shore Coaches E race earlier this year.
So it’s a loaded field, but Storti is running as well as anybody in South Jersey right now. Her time was fastest among S.J. runners in the five races at Delsea by two seconds over Isabella Turner of Shawnee, who won the Group 4 race in 18:39.
Storti, of Cinnaminson, has a Holmdel PR of 19:20 from this year’s Shore Coaches.
Paul VI won the Kiessling team title 49-59 over Eustace.
PVI packed all five of its scorers in the top 20, led by sophomore Katie Sparks and junior Bridget Lyons in sixth and seventh in 20:02 and 20:14, senior Annie Skiles [10th in 20:46], junior Madison Kelly [12th in 20:52] and senior Hannah Whitmire [17th in 21:16].
Other Eustace runners in the top 20 were senior Clare Morelli [4th in 19:45], junior Rachel Orr [11th in 20:51] and senior Suzanne Picciano [13th in 20:58].
Other South Jersey runners in the top 10 were Angela Bannan of Holy Spirit [3rd, 19:20], Paige Sofield of Holy Spirit [8th in 20:16] and Samantha Marks of Our Lady of Mercy [9th in 20:18].
This is Paul VI’s fifth title since 2012 and second in a row. Either Paul VI or Eustace has won the Kiessling meet every year since 2008, when Holy Spirit was first.