Shawnee’s Kate Ruona on her way to Meet of Champions after big race at Group 4 states!!!

Kate Ruona continued her impressive freshman season at Shawnee with a big race at states, placing 8th in a loaded Group 4 race Saturday at Holmdel County Park.

Since her breakthrough race at the South Jersey Open — she placed 3rd in 19:15 at Delsea — Ruona has placed third in the County Open [18:58 at Mill Creek], 2nd in the Olympic Conference [18:32 at DREAM Park], 3rd at sectionals [18:14 at Delsea] and now 8th at states with a 64-second Holmdel PR. She ran 20:10 at Shore Coaches in her only other foray onto the Holmdel County Park hills.

Ruona posted the 13th-fastest time among everybody in the six state races and the 3rd-fastest time by.a South Jersey girl, behind only Egg Harbor senior Olivia Shafer (8th in 18:55) and district rival senior Kate Rathman of Cherokee (12th in 19:05). The only faster freshman was Reese Fahys of Middletown South, who won the Group 3 race in 18:49.

Grade information wasn’t included in Meet of Champions results until the late 1990s, so this list is likely incomplete, but over at least the last 23 years Ruona’s time is 6th-fastest by a South Jersey freshman at Holmdel.

17:45 … Briana Gess [Haddonfield], 2013 M-of-C
18:22 … Alyssa Aldridge [Mainland Reg.], 2014 M-of-C
18:28 … Grace Yoon [Cherry Hill East], 2016 NJ-4
18:39 … Casey Doyle [Shawnee], 2007 M-of-C
19:00 … Megan Venables [Highland], 2007 M-of-C
19:05 … Kate Ruona [Shawnee], 2019 NJ-4
19:12 … Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], 1997 M-of-C
19:17 … Natalia Ocasio [Lenape], 2009 M-of-C
19:20 … Alexandra Davis [Eastern], 2006 M-of-C
19:24 … Brittany Sedberry [Shawnee], 2002 M-of-C
19:25 … Chelsea Ley [Kingsway], 2006 M-of-C

She’s 4th-fastest at Holmdel in the incredible history of Shawnee XC:

18:38 … Casey Doyle, 2007
18:59 … Kara Bonner [Shawnee,], 2015
19:02 … Julia Despirito, 2013
19:05 … Kate Ruona, 2019
19:13 … Isabella Turner, 2018
19:19 … Nikki Theimann, 1996
19:24 … Kim Bonner, 2003
19:28 … Liz Moore, 1992
19:28 … Karen O’Neill, 1993
19:28 … Nikki Theimann, 1996
19:28 … Jenna Darcy, 1999
19:30 … Michelle DiMuro, 1984

Ruona will be the only Shawnee runner at the Meet of Champions. The girls race is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday back at Holmdel.

Here’s a look at every Shawnee girl that’s ever finished in the top-25 at a Meet of Champions:

2018
16th – Isabella Turner, 19:13
2017
24th – Isabella Turner, 19:20
2013
6th – Julia DeSpirito, 19:02
2007
6th – Casey Doyle, 18:38 43
2003
9th – Kim Bonner, 19:24
15th – Robin McDowell, 19:33
2002
10th – Kim Bonner, 19:43.15
2001
25th – Kim Bonner, 19:58.3
1999
11th – Jenna Darcy, 19:49.9
17th – Dana Palumbo, 20:01.9
1997
17th – Taylor Van Acker, 19:59.7
20th – Jenna Darcy, 20:03.2
1996
10th – Nikki Theimann, 19:28
11th – Lisa Setter, 19:32
1994
13th – Liz Moore, 19:50
18th – Kari Vigerstol, 19:57
24th – Missy Whitaker, 20:14
1993
2th – Liz Moore, 19:29
4th – Karen O’Neil, 19:39
1992
5th – Liz Moore, 19:34
14th – Karen O’Neil, 20:14
1991
6th – Liz Moore, 19:46
1990
14th – Julie Goldstein, 20:19
1985
10th – Deanna Germano, 19:43
1983
24th – Michelle DiMuro, 19:45

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