Haddonfield soph Sarah Naticchia runs 15th-fastest 1,600 in South Jersey history!!!!!!

Haddonfield sophomore Sarah Naticchia, who had a 1,600 PR of 5:42 as recently as February, became the 15th-fastest miler in South Jersey history Friday.

Naticchia placed third in the state Group 2 meet in 4:55.90, continuing her streak of lowering her 1,600 PR in every major race she’s ever run.

Her time is fourth-fastest in Camden County history and also fourth-fastest in Haddonfield history.

For the record, the fastest time in Camden County history by a non-Haddonfield runner is a 4:55.9 by Paul VI’s Dawn Cody in 1982.

Naticchia ran her first 1,600 in December at a meet at the Armory in 6:02.67. She lowered her time to 5:42.67 in a novice race at Ocean Breeze in January, then made her first big breakthrough when she won sectionals at the Bennett Center in 5:16.49. She then placed fourth at states in 5:13.84.

She then ran 5:06, 5:04 and 5:03 this spring before lowering her PR from 5:03.26 to 4:55.90 on Friday — a nearly 7 1/2-second PR.

Naticchia finished just behind two Voorhees miler – senior Lauren Wagner won the race in 4:54.80 and sophomore teammate Emma McGill was second in 4:55.66.

The top three seeds in next weekend’s Meet of Champs will come from Group 4 — Abby Loveys of Randolph [4:47.96], Chloe Gonzalez of North Hunterdon [4:48.33] and Katie Hamilton of Westfield [4:53.16]. The next three are Wagner, McGill and Naticchia.

ALL-TIME S.J. SUB-4:57 CLUB
4:41.16 … Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], 2000
4:41.5y … Michelle Rowen [Washington Twp.], 1982
4:45.97 … Briana Gess [Haddonfield], 2014
4:48.73 … Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], 2010
4:49.11 … Renee Tomlin [Ocean City], 2005
4:49.26 … Rachel Vick [Kingsway], 2017
4:51.43 … Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg.], 2017
4:52.95 … Caitlin Orr [Lenape], 2009
4:54.71 … Megan Hartman [Ocean City], 194
4:54.88 … Bridget Flynn [Holy Spirit], 2012
4:55.41 … Brittany Sedberry [Ocean City], 2004
4:55.45 … Julianna Catania [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2016
4:55.66 … Megan Lacy [Cherokee], 2012
4:55.70 … Dina Iacone [Washington Twp.], 2012
4:55.90 … Sarah Naticchia [Haddonfield], 2019
4:55.9h … Dawn Cody [Paul VI], 1982
4:56.01 … Natalia Ocasio [Lenape], 2012
4:56.08 … Megan Quimby [Lenape], 2016
4:56.34 … Renee Tomlin [Ocean City], 2006
4:56.43 … Liz Locke [Kingsway], 2010
4:56.55 … Maria Ruiz [Williamstown], 2009
4:56.68 … Claudine Evangelista [Triton], 2000
4:56.81 … Julia DeSpirito [Shawnee], 2014
4:56.84 … Holly Bischof ]Bishop Eustace], 2011

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