That was one heck of a 1,600 race in the South Jersey Group 4 girls sectional Sunday!
All six medalists at the Bennett Center recorded indoor PRs and five recorded indoor-outdoor lifetime bests. And all five South Jersey runners who medaled moved into the top 10 in South Jersey this year.
5:04.98 … Allie Pierontoni [Kingsway]
5:06.90 … Olivia Shafer [Egg Harbor Twp.]
5:07.01 … Olivia Takla [Toms River North]
5:11.27 … Maura Keane [Washington Twp,]
5:11.28 … Isabella Leak [Egg Harbor Twp.]
5:13.74 … Aubrey Pierontoni [Kingsway]
Pierontoni, the sectional champ last spring, matched that performance with a huge indoor PR of 5:04.98. That’s No. 9 in Gloucester County indoor history and only three seconds of Rachel Vick’s school record.
Egg Harbor senior Olivia Shafter lowered her indoor/outdoor overall PR 10 seconds with her 5:06.90. That looks like No. 3 in Atlantic County indoor history and within 5 1/2 seconds off the school and county mark of 5:01.20 set by Julianna Catania in 2016.
After Toms River North soph Olivia Takla took third with an indoor/outdoor PR of her own, Washington Township junior Maura Keane ran a seven-second indoor/outdoor PR of 5:11.27 for fourth and was followed 1-100th of a second later by Egg Harbor senior Isabella Leak and then Kingsway freshman Aubrey Pierontoni, who both also scored huge indoor/outdoor PRs.
Allie Pierontoni’s time is No. 1 in South Jersey this year and actually fastest sine 2017, and Shafer’s 5:06.90 matches Sarah Naticchia of Haddonfield for No. 2 this year in South Jersey. Keane is No. 4 in south Jersey, Leake is No. 5 and Aubrey Pierontoni is No. 9.
It looks like Keane’s time is No. 3 in Washington Township indoor history. Michelle Rowen ran that historic 4:43.1 full mile at 1983 Easterns in Boston, which remains the South Jersey record and converts to 4:41.46 for 1,600 meters, and Lindsay Kane ran 4:53.36 in 2014.
This is my best effort at a Gloucester County indoor girls top-10 list. Anybody missing?
ALL-TIME GLOUCESTER COUNTY INDOOR 1,600 LIST
4:41.52y … Michelle Rowen (Wash. Twp.), 1983
4:53.36 … Lindsey Kane (Washington Twp.), 2014
4:54.58 … Celine Mazzi (Delsea), 2014
4:56.1y … Ruth Lockbaum (Glassboro), 1985
5:00.81 … Vickie Ajimoko (Williamstown), 2014
5:01.96 … Rachel Vick [Kingsway], 2017
5:02.83 … Felicia O’Donnell (Delsea), 2011
5:03.81 … Maria Ruiz (Williamstown), 2009
5:04.98 … Allie Pierontoni (Kingsway), 2020
5:05.36 … Diana Iacone (Washington Twp.), 2012