Rathman, Clifford go sub-19 and lead Cherokee girls to their first BurlCo XC title in 9 years!!!

Senior Kate Rathman ran the second-fastest time in course history, and sophomore Nicole Clifford wasn’t far behind, and their 1-2 finish led the Cherokee girls to their first Burlington County Open XC title in nine years.

Rathman ran 18:45 and Clifford 18:57 in the first 1-2 Cherokee finish in meet history, and the Lady Chiefs outscored Shawnee 39-49 for their fourth team title.

Rathman also became the third Cherokee girl to win back-to-back County Open XC titles. Monica Olkowski won in 1988 and 1989 and Megan Lacy in 2010 and 2011.

Rathman’s 18:45 lowered her PR on the 5,000-meter Mill Creek Park layout by nine seconds. Only Lacy’s 17:53 from 2010 is faster in course history.

Rathman’s 18:54 is 8th-fastest in course history and makes her the 4th-fastest girl on the course, behind only Lacy, Rathman and Shawnee’s Deanna Germano in 1985.

The same basic course has been used since 1985, although there have been minor changes that have made it faster. The meet was held at Cherokee from 1994 through 1998.

Cherokee previously won Burlco XC titles in 2004, 2009 and 2010.

Senior Alyssa Blackmon and freshman Kelsey Niglio placed 9th and 10th overall for Cherokee in 20:33 and 20:34, and junior Kayla Adams made it five across the line in 17th place at 21:21.

They were backed up very closely with seniors Riley Gleason and Jaden Sweely, who placed 20th and 21st in 21:39 and 21:40.

The Shawnee trio of freshman Kate Ruona and seniors Isabella Turner and Claire Hauser went 3-4-5, Ruona setting a freshman course record of 18:58 [more on that later], Turner in 19:20 and Hauser in 19:27.

Also in the top 10 were Seneca junior Emma Klouchek [6th in 20:08], Cinnaminson senior Brooke Adams [7th in 20:12] and Northern sophomore Keira Mansure [8th in 20:23].

Here’s a look at all the 1-2 finishes in meet history:

2019: Cherokee – Kate Rathman [18:45], Nicole Clifford [18:57]
2016: Shawnee – Isabella Turner [19:18], Kara Bonner [19:30]
2001: Moorestown – Meghan Hughes [19:29], Colleen Hughes [20:03]
2000: Moorestown – Kelsey Rinehart [19:48], Julia Kuder [20:01]
1996: Shawnee – Lisa Setter [19:16], Nikki Thiemann [19:33]
1995: Shawnee – Karen O’Neil [19:22], Lisa Setter [19:37]
1994: Shawnee – Liz Moore [18:15], Karen O’Neil [18:34] (short course)
1993: Shawnee – Liz Moore [19:23], Karen O’Neil [20:00]
1987: Rancocas Valley – Bonnie Stemmer [20:37], Kris Miragliuolo [20:48]
1986: Shawnee – Lisa Syvertson [19:09], Chris Danks [19:57]
1985: Shawnee – Deanna Germano [18:54], Chris Danks [20:01]
1984: Shawnee – Michelle DiMuro [19:32], Deanna Germano [19:54]
1982: Shawnee – Sue Walker [19:03], Michelle DiMuro [19:24]
 
ALL-TIME MILL CREEK PARK LIST
 17:53 … Megan Lacy [Cherokee], 2010
18:45 … Kate Rathman [Cherokee], 2019
18:53 … Megan Lacy [Cherokee], 2011
18:54 … Katie Rathman [Cherokee], 2018
18:54 … Deanna Germano [Shawnee], 1985
18:55 … Isabella Turner [Shawnee], 2017
18:56 … Caitlin Orr [Lenape], 2009
18:57 … Nicole Clifford [Cherokee], 2019
18:58 … Natalie Ocasio [Lenape], 2012
18:58 … Kate Ruona [Shawnee], 2019
19:02 … Kate Rathman [Cherokee], 2017
19:04 … Megan Lacy [Cherokee], 2009
19:05 … Caitlin Orr [Lenape], 2008
19:07 … Mara Schiffhauer [Seneca], 2013
19:09 … Lisa Syvertson [Shawnee], 1986
19:14 … Paige McCauley [Seneca], 2012
19:16 … Kara Bonner [Shawnee], 2013
19:16 … Jenna Darcy [Shawnee], 1999
19:17 … Natalia Ocasio [Lenape], 2010
19:18 … Lisa Burkholder [Cherokee], 2005
19:18 … Isabella Turner [Shawnee], 2016
19:19 … Mara Schiffhauer [Seneca], 2012
19:19 … Joey Webb [Seneca], 2013
19:19 … Claire Hauser [Shawnee], 2017
19:20 … Genevive Cickacage [Moorestown], 20153
19:20 … Isabella Turner [Shawnee], 2019

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