Michelle Rowen and the S.J. record that has stood for 36 years!!! Plus the all-time S.J. girls 3,200 top-50!

Of all her remarkable performances, the 10:12.8 may have been the most remarkable.

On Sunday, we wrote about Michelle Rowen’s South Jersey record of 2:10.1 at the 1982 Gloucester County Championships at Deptford. On Monday, we wrote about Rowen’s S.J. standard of 4:41.5 at the 1982 Kinney Championships in Berkeley, Calif.

Today we’ll marvel at Rowen’s 10:12.8 state record in the 3,200, which she set on May 28, 1983, at the South Jersey Group 4 Championships at Toms River East.

Rowen’s 800 stood as a South Jersey record for 18 years. Her 4:41.5 stood as the South Jersey record for 19 years and as a state record for 24 years.

Her 10:12.8? That stood as the state record for 36 years and it remains the South Jersey record.

Apparently nobody at sectionals in 1983 realized it was a state record because none of the stories about her performance mention it:

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It’s mind-blowing just how talented Michelle Rowen was. And an awesome person as well.

When Rowen ran 10:12.8 it was No. 7 in U.S. history. It was finally toppled as a state record last spring by Abby Loveys of Randolph, who’s now at Princeton, who 10:10.24 at the Morris County Championships at Boonton.

What’s incredible is that only one runner in South Jersey got within 20 seconds of Rowen for the next 18 years – that was the similarly named Mindy Rowand of Sterling, who ran 19.6 seconds off Rowen’s record in 1985.

Think about some of the legends who’ve chased Rowen’s mark.

Olympians like Marielle Hall and Erin Donohue. All-Americans like Megan Lacy and Chelsea Ley. Meet of Champions winners like Megan Venables and Brittany Sedberry.

It’s stood for 36 years and it just might stand for another 36.

ALL-TIME S.J. OUTDOOR GIRLS 3,200 TOP-50 LIST

10:12.8h ….. Michelle Rowen (Washington Twp.], 1983
10:19.31 … Chelsea Ley (Kingsway], 2009
10:22.02 … Megan Lacy (Cherokee], 2012
10:27.44 … Alyssa Aldridge (Mainland Reg.], 2017
10:28.6h….. Erin Donohue (Haddonfield], 2001
10:29.28 … Rachel Vick (Kingsway], 2017
10:30.57 … Dina Iacone (Washington Twp.], 2012
10:32.4h….. Mindy Rowand (Sterling], 1985
10:33.22 … Holly Bischof (Bishop Eustace], 2012
10:33.25 … Megan Venables (Highland], 2011
10:34.79 … Theresa Cattuna (Cherry Hill East], 2007
10:35.59 … Amanda Goetschius (Delsea], 2007
10:37.47 … Meghan McGlinchey (West Depford], 2009
10:37.53 … Vanessa Wright (Haddonfield], 2005
10:39.15 … Devon Grisbaum (Ocean City], 2015
10:40.24 … Katie Van Horn (Triton], 2005
10:40.95 … Erika Kemp (Rancocas Valley], 2013
10:42.22 … Jenn Rawls (Highland], 2009
10:43.3h….. Deanna Germano (Shawnee], 1985
10:43.50 … Alyssa Condell [Timber Creek], 2017
10:44.23 … Brittany Sedberry (Ocean City], 2004
10:45.12 … Briana Gess (Haddonfield], 2014
10:45.40 … Julianna Catania (Egg Harbor Twp.], 2016
10:45.73 … Meghan Hughes [Moorestown], 2002
10:46.38 … Madison Coppolino [Sterling], 2018
10:48.87 … Sarah Naticchia (Haddonfield], 2019
10:52.32 … Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], 2009
10:52.75 … Meghan Malloy [Haddonfield], 2013
10:52.9y … Monique Purcell [Holy Spirit], 1978 [10:56.7]
10:54.0y … Lori Watson [Cherry Hill East], 1983
10:54.05 … Maria Ruiz [Williamstown], 2009
10:54.16 … Lisa Burkholder [Cherokee], 2004
10:55.92 … Isabella Turner [Shawnee], 2018
10:56.34 … Brianna Rogers [Moorestown], 2005
10:56.54 … Arianna McKinney [Highland], 2004
10:57.52 … Mara Schiffhauer [Seneca], 2014
10:58.46 … Doreen Startare [Paul VI], 1978
10:58.97 … Megan Quimby [Lenape], 2015
10:59.25 … Pam Adams [Gateway], 1976
10:59.56 … Amanda Bakley [Pennsauken], 2015
11:00.00 … Brooke Dovell [Timber Creek], 2010
11:00.21 … Kaitlin Donohue [Clearview], 2017
11:00.82 … Celine Mazzi [Delsea], 2013
11:00.92 … Sammar Abueldoleh [Washington Twp.], 2011
11:01.33 … Colleen Sunderland [Northern Burlington], 1994
11:01.85 … Kaitlyln Rauscher [Delsea], 2016
11:02.25 … Robin Van Auken [Highland], 2000
11:02.83 … Courtney Kelly [Bishop Eustace], 2012
11:03.38 … Kate Rathman [Cherokee], 2019
11:03.87 … Shelby Bobbie [Rancocas Valley], 2015

2 thoughts on “Michelle Rowen and the S.J. record that has stood for 36 years!!! Plus the all-time S.J. girls 3,200 top-50!

  1. Dave Stewart May 5, 2020 / 6:21 pm

    I can tell you really want to get those Bulldogs on the list, since this time it’s Vanessa Wright who shows up twice (-: . Also Briana Gess has one “N” in her first name, though she frequently shows up otherwise in results. Nice focus on the fantastic Michelle Rowen, who is now a successful podiatrist. peopel may be interested in reading more about her here: https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7393793/michelle-rowen-courier-post-camden-nj/ (one correction to the article-her 1500 time qualified her fo rth e Olympic Trials, not the Olympic team, but she chose to start medical school rather than attend.)

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    • sjtcaweb May 5, 2020 / 7:42 pm

      hahaha … thanks for the heads up again … Yeah, Billy Wright paid me off to list Vanessa twice actually … I’ll make those corrections right now!

      I actually covered Michelle when I was at the Gloucester County Times so was there for a lot of her amazing accomplishments and of course the incredible showdowns with Janet Smith I think at Rutgers if I remember.

      I’m pretty sure she was foot doctor for Megan Lacy when she was running at Cherokee and ran 10:22! That’s a pretty fast patient-doctor tandem!

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