Bishop Eustace senior Katy Storti ran all eight laps between 37.9 and 38.8 on her way to a PR 5:06.25 for a full mile over the weekend at the Ocean Breeze Invitational in Staten Island.
Storti placed sixth in a very fast and deep race. Her time converts to 5:04.47 for 1,600 meters, which is intrinsically faster than Eustace’s indoor school record of 5:05.90, set in 2011 at the Armory by Meet of Champions XC champ Holly Bischof.
Storti’s time technically can’t be considered for 1,600-meter record purposes since there wasn’t a clock at 1,600 meters, and you can’t convert into a record, but for all practical purposes she broke Bischoff’s school mark.
Storti’s splits were crazy even: 38.3, 38.4, 37.9, 38.0, 38.2, 38.8, 38.6, 37.8. That’s out in 2:32.8 and back in 2:33.4.
Storti’s previous indoor PR was a 5:09.17 for 1,600 meters and her outdoor 1,600 PR is a 5:10.37, so this race was a nearly five-second personal-best.
This past fall, Storti placed 13th at the XC Meet of Champions at Holmdel. On the track, she was ninth in the 3,200 M-of-C last winter.
Storti’s time is fastest by a South Jersey girl this winter. It’s No. 22 in South Jersey history indoors and No. 6 in Camden County history.