The enduring 800 legacies of Ruth Lockbaum and Michelle DiMuro!!! And the all-time girls indoor S.J. 800 top-50!!!

It’s been 25 years since Ruth Lockbaum and Michelle DiMuro re-wrote the South Jersey indoor 800-meter record book.

And they’re still two of the best in South Jersey history!

In the winter of 1985, Glassboro’s Lockbaum and Shawnee’s DiMuro ran the two-fastest 800s in South Jersey history … even though they never raced against each other in an 800 that winter.

Lockbaum ran 2:14.5 at the state Group 1 meet on Feb. 8, 1985, breaking the South Jersey record of 2:18.6 set by Shawnee’s Sue Walker in 1983 by more than four seconds! 

Later that day on the same Jadwin Gym track, DiMuro won the Group 4 race in 2:15.2.

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At the Meet of Champions, DiMuro ran 2:14.6, placing second to Gisele Harris of Shabazz, who set a meet record of 2:13.7. DiMuro was also under the previous meet record of 2:15.7 set by Kim Sannito of Caldwell in 1982. Lockbaum focused on the 1,600 at the M-of-C and won it in 4:56.0.

There was no 800 at Easterns, and Shawnee didn’t make the trip to Boston anyway. Lockbaum opted for the mile and ran 5:04.0 for ninth in a very fast race.

Lockbaum and DiMuro, who later became teammates at Villanova, were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in South Jersey history until 1990, when Monica Olkowski ran 2:12.46, winning the 1990 Meet of Champions at Jadwin by a staggering 35 meters.

Olkowski held the record for 11 years, when it was broken by Olympian Erin Donohue, who ran 2:10.0 in 2001 in an incredible race at the Varsity Classic at the Armory against Tawana Watkins of Kennedy. Watkins ran 2:09.6, edging Donohue.

Tiernan became the first and only South Jersey girl to dip under 2:10 when she ran 2:09.56 at 2019 nationals at the Armory, taking second to Phyllis Francis of the since-closed Catherine McAuley High in Brooklyn, who ran 2:07.54.

All Francis ever did was set the American and collegiate 400 records while she was at Oregon, win the 400 at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing and the 2017 World Championships in London and place 5th in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She won an Olympic gold medal in the 1,600-meter relay.

Tiernan never ran outdoor track and never ran in college. She played lacrosse with twin sister Nicole at Temple, where she graduated with a degree in kinesiology.  

But 10 years later, she still holds the South Jersey indoor record.

And to this day, Tiernan ranks No. 5 in state history indoors, behind some of the greatest middle-distance names in U.S. track history: U.S. 600 record holder Athing Mu of Trenton [2:04.08 in 2020], Columbia’s Joetta Clark [2:06.0 in 1980], Queen of Peace’s Janine Davis [2:07.60 in 2005] and Governor Livingston’s Victoria Vanriele [2:07.83 in 2020].

Incredibly, Watkins and Donohue are No. 6 and 7 on that list with their times from their historic showdown 19 years ago. 

All-Time S.J. girls indoor 800-meter run top-50

2:09.56 … Megan Tiernan [Washington Twp.], 2010
2:10.0h … Erin Donohue [Haddonfield], 2001
2:12.46 … 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
2:15.36 … Rachel Stremme [Ocean City], 2014
2:16.60 … Gabbi Kirsch [Williamstown], 2015
2:16.63 … Lindsay Thomas [Winslow Twp.], 2003
2:16.71 … Lindsey Kane [Washington Twp.], 2015
2:16.82 … Mary Bohi [Seneca], 2009
2:16.84 … Celine Mazzi [Delsea], 2014
2:16.85 … Megan Quimby [Lenape], 2017
2:16.88 … Shelby Whetstone [Lenape], 2019
2:16.93 … Julia Despirito [Shawnee], 2014
2:16.95 … Patrice Rowe [Willingboro], 2010
2:17.00 … Sarah Naticchia [Haddonfield], 2020
2:17.11 … Miya Johnson [Lenape], 2007
2:17.15 … Courtney McCrudden [Eastern], 2000
2:17.15 … Nicole Tiernan [Washington Twp.], 2011
2:17.21 … Allie Pierontoni [Kingsway], 2020
2:17.23 … Lisa Burkholder [Cherokee], 2004
2:17.32 … Courtney McCrudden [Eastern], 2000
2:17.43 … Cassie Hagstoz [Kingsway], 2013
2:17.70 … Kaitlyn Bonnet [Haddonfield], 2017
2:17.0h … Kimarra McDonald [Rancocas Valley], 2004
2:17.76 … Destiny Stanford [Kingsway], 2017
2:17.82 … Tara Debrielle [Overbrook], 2000
2:17.85 … Holly Cosnett [Haddonfield], 2001
2:18.00 … Lyndsy Horn [Seneca], 2009
2:18.00 … Nia Holden [Highland], 2019
2:18.10 … Nijgia Snapp [Oakcrest], 2008
2:18.30 … Brittnee Bynoe [Willingboro], 2005
2:18.31 … Hollie McGarvie [Shawnee], 2004
2:18.54 … Allison Hawkey [Rancocas Valley], 2007
2:18.57 … Liz Locke [Kingsway], 2009
2:18.4h … Krista Ferrera [Vineland], 1991
2:18.61 … Kelsey Niglio [Cherokee], 2020
2:18.72 … Hailey Tabar [Clearview], 2020
2:18.6h … Sue Walker [Shawnee], 1983
2:18.77 … Samantha Budd [West Deptford], 2012
2:18.91 … Vickie Ajimoko [Williamstown], 2013
2:18.9h … Ursula Eder [Gateway], 1974
2:18.9h … Patti Addis [Williamstown], 1984
2:18.97 … Shelly Solheim [Ocean City], 1995

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