The S.J. girls mile record has changed hands once in the last 39 years … here’s that story AND the all-time S.J. top-50 list!!!

The South Jersey mile record has only changed hands once in the last 39 years. That’s when Erin Donohue broke Michelle Rowen’s record at adidas Outdoor Nationals in Raleigh in June of 2001.

Donohue and Rowen are two of the greatest distance runners in U.S. scholastic track history.

Rowen set a state record of 4:43.2 when she placed fourth at the Kinney Invitational High School Mile at Cal Berkeley on June 12, 1982. That converts to the 4:41.5 for 1,600 meters that now appears on all New Jersey performance lists. Rowen broke the state record of 4:43.9 set in 1973 by Doreen Ennis of Nutley.

Rowen’s mark stood as the South Jersey and state record until June 17, 2001, when Donohue, a future Olympian, won the mile on the same track at the adidas National Championships in Raleigh, N.C., in 4:42.96, which converts to the current South Jersey 1,600 record of 4:41.16.

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Donohue’s mark stood as the state record until Danielle Tauro of Southern Regional ran 4:39.25 to win the mile (over Jordan Hasay) at what by then was called the Nike Outdoor Nationals and had moved to Greensboro (unfortunately).

Donohue and Rowan to this day rank No. 2 and No. 3 in state history behind Tauro.

Lenape and Haddonfield lead with the way with five milers apiece on the all-time South Jersey girls outdoor 1,600 list, and Ocean City and Kingsway have four each.

As always, let me know of any corrections or additions in the comment’s section!

All-Time S.J. Outdoor Girls 1,600 Top 50

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], 1994
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
4:56.43 … 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
4:56.23 … Celine Mazzi [Delsea], 2014
4:57.39 … Alyssa Condell [Timber Creek], 2016
4:57.48 … Felicia O’Donnell [Delsea], 2011
4:57.96 … Erika Kemp [Rancocas Valley], 2013
4:58.86 … Madison Coppolino [Sterling], 2017
4:59.38 … Chelsea Ley [Kingsway], 2009
4:59.27 … Theresa Cattuna [Cherry Hill East], 2005
4:59.54 … Amanda Goetschius [Delsea], 2007
4:59.60 … Brittnee Bynoe [Willingboro], 2004
4:59.72 … Katie Van Horn [Triton], 2005
4:59.6h … Ruth Lockbaum [Glassboro], 1985
4:59.80 … Sydny Warner [Seneca], 2018
4:59.89 … Destiny Stanford [Kingsway], 2017
5:00.14 … Lisa Burkholder [Cherokee], 2003
5:00.19 … Sydney Coppolino [Sterling], 2017
5:00.2h … Mindy Rowand [Sterling], 1985
5:00.42 … Camille Franklin [Lenape], 2015
5:00.61 … Lindsay Kane [Washington Twp.], 2012
5:00.69 … Holly Cosnett [Haddonfield], 2000
5:00.7h … Patti Addis [Williamstown], 1984
5:01.33 … Kelsey Cummings [Triton], 2016
5:01.48 … Casey Doyle [Shawnee], 2008
5:01.63 … Alexa Woltjen [Lenape], 2017
5:01.74 … Nicole McGrainer [Seneca], 2008
5:01.9h … Kathy Sjolie [Kennedy], 1979
5:02.04 … Kate Rathman [Cherokee], 2019
5:02.06 … Isabella Turner [Shawnee], 2018
5:02.08 … Vickie Ajimoko [Williamstown], 2013
5:02.09 … Shelby Bobbie [Rancocas Valley], 2015

2 thoughts on “The S.J. girls mile record has changed hands once in the last 39 years … here’s that story AND the all-time S.J. top-50 list!!!

  1. Ryan May 4, 2020 / 2:23 pm

    Renee Tomlin of OC and Maria Ruiz of Williamstown are listed twice – makes room for Vickie Ajimoko of Williamstown? 4:56 is out of order as well. Thanks for putting these lists together!

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    • sjtcaweb May 4, 2020 / 6:18 pm

      Good catch! Thanks for the heads up! That’s what I get for working on these lists at 3 a.m.!

      The next three are so close I added them all!

      5:02.06 … Isabella Turner [Shawnee], 2018
      5:02.08 … Vickie Ajimoko [Williamstown], 2013
      5:02.09 … Shelby Bobbie [Rancocas Valley], 2015

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