If there were an all-time Haddonfield 4-by-800, it would now include Lindsay Colflesh.
Colflesh moved into the all-time No. 4 spot on the Haddonfield indoor 800 list with her strong second-place run at the Meet of Champions Sunday at Ocean Breeze.
Colflesh, a Haddonfield junior, ran an indoor PR 2:15.31 to place second to Penn State-bound Victoria Vanriele of Governor Livingston, who ran 2:09.73 to win her seventh straight M-of-C 800 title.
Her 2:15.31 is No. 14 in South Jersey history and puts her behind only Olympian Erin Donohue [2:10.0 in 2001], Olympian Marielle Hall [2:12.55] and Foot Locker finalist Briana Gess [2:15.05] on the all-time Haddonfield indoor list. She bumped Greta Feldman, whose indoor HS PR was 2:15.86 but went on to run 2:03.34 at Princeton and is now an attorney in Virginia.
Colflesh has run 2:14.87 outdoors, but her previous indoor PR was 2:16.62 at states. She only broke 2:20 indoors for the first time at sectionals last month.
Vanriele took the pace out fast Sunday, but Colflesh ran intelligently, content to sit back in the pack through the first 400. She came through in 1:05.6, which is fast but she was in sixth with 400 to go. She was still fourth with a lap to go, but nobody in the field – even Vanriele – closed faster. Colflesh ran her final 200 in 34.0, fastest in the field to secure second. Vanriele closed in 34.3 and nobody else closed in under 35 seconds.
Colflesh and her Haddonfield teammates – juniors Sarah Natichia, Payton Weiner and Allison Colflesh (her sister) – are skipping individual events at Nationals this weekend to focus on the four-by-mile.
We’ll have more on that later in the week, but considering that Allison Colflesh [5:03.82], Natachia [5:04.24] and Weiner [5:06.12] all PR’d Sunday and placed in the top eight and considering that Lindsay Colflesh ran 5:24 early this season in her only 1,600 and is coming off a 2:15, it’s scary to think about what this group is capable of Saturday morning at the Armory.
ALL-TIME S.J. INDOOR 800 LIST
2:09.56 … Megan Tiernan [Washington Twp.], 2010
2:10.0h … Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], 2001
2:12.4h … Monica Olkowski [Cherokee], 1990
2:12.55 … Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], 2010
2:13.51 … Emily Duffey [Lenape], 2011
2:14.12 … Carly Pettipaw [Lenape], 2013
2:14.5h … Ruth Lockbaum [Glassboro], 1985
2:14.6h … Michelle DiMuro [Shawnee], 1985
2:14.64 … Bridget Flynn [Ocean City], 2014
2:14.99 … Kami Joi Hickson [Washington Twp.], 2017
2:15.05 … Briana Gess [Haddonfield], 2015
2:15.06 … Sydney Coppolino [Sterling], 2017
2:15.17 … Britney Kott [Millville], 2008
2:15.31 … Lindsay Colflesh [Haddonfield], 2020
2:15.46 … Tara DeBrielle [Overbrook], 2000
2:15.86 … Greta Feldman [Haddonfield], 2009
2:15.89 … Kayla Martin [Seneca], 2016
2:15.90 … Felicia O’Donnell [Delsea], 2009
2:15.99 … Brooke Kott [Millville], 2008