Lenape’s Shelby Whetstone caps tremendous year with big 800 PR at M-of-C!!!!!

Lenape senior Shelby Whetstone capped a terrific senior year of indoor track at the Meet of Champs with another big PR, the No. 1 time this year in South Jersey and a spot on the all-time Burlington County top-10.

Whetstone ran 2:16.88 at the Meet of Champs, lowering her PR from 2:18.63 from states. Her first sub-2:20 indoors came at the sectionals, so she actually lowered her personal-best from 2:21.11 to 2:16.88 — more than four seconds — in the span of 23 days.

That 2:16.88 is No. 8 in Burlington County history. Five of the top 11 times on the Burlington County all-time indoor list come from Lenape. The all-time Burlco list is below.

Whetstone ran 58.53 at states, and she’s one of only six middle-distance runners in New Jersey — the only one from South Jersey — to rank in the top 20 in the state this year on the MileSplit lists in both the 400 and the 800. Among the others are five-time Meet of Champs winner Victoria Vanriele of Governor Livingston and 600-meter run American record holder Athing Mu, who attends Trenton but races for a club team.

Here’s what that list looks like:

Athing Mu, Trenton [52.55, 2:03.98]
Victoria Vanriele, Governor Livingston [55.49, 2:09.18]
Leena Morant, Union Catholic [57.72, 2:13.08]
Trinity Eason, Woodbridge [58.20. 2:17.78]
Morgan Lyons, Ridge [58.27, 2:17.65]
Shelby Whetstone, Lenape [58.53, 2:16.88]

Here’s the all-time Burlington County list, with all times under 2:20 indoors:

2:12.46 … Monica Olkowski (Cherokee), 1990
2:13.51 … Emily Duffy (Lenape), 2011
2:14.12 … Carly Pettipaw (Lenape), 2013
2:14.6h … Michelle DiMuro (Shawnee), 1985
2:15.89 … Kayla Martin (Seneca), 2016
2:16.82 … *Mary Bohi (Seneca), 2009
2:16.85 … Megan Quimby (Lenape), 2017
2:16.88 … Shelby Whetstone (Lenape), 2019
2:16.93 … Julia DeSpirito (Shawnee), 2014
2:16.95 … Patrice Rowe (Willingboro), 2010
2:17.11 … *Miya Johnson (Lenape), 2007
2:17.23 … **Lisa Burkholder (Cherokee), 2004
2:17.0h … *Kimarra McDonald (RV), 2004
2:18.00 … *Lyndsy Horn (Seneca), 2009
2:18.30 … *Brittnee Bynoe (Willingboro), 2005
2:18.31 … *Holly McGarvie (Shawnee), 2004
2:18.54 … Allison Hawkey (Rancocas Valley), 2007
2:18.6h … Sue Walker (Shawnee), 1983
2:19.1h … *Tasha Minkins (Willingboro), 1992
2:19.38 … Katie Duffey (Lenape), 2009
2:19.50 … Moira Cunningham (Lenape), 2008
2:19.66 … Sarah Robbie (Cherokee), 2013
2:19.92 … Ariana Harrell (Pemberton), 2019

Whetstone was the South Jersey Group 4 champ at 800 meters last spring and state Group 4 champ as a sophomore and state runner-up in the 800 as a junior. She takes outdoor PRs of 55.67 and 2:14.92 into her senior year.

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