Haddonfield seniors Sarah Naticchia, Payton Weiner and Allison Colflesh ran three of the fastest times in the long history of the Pennypacker Park 5K course in a Colonial Conference batch meet Tuesday.
Naticchia ran 17:50, Weiner 18:05 and Colflesh 18:21 to move into the No. 3, No. 6 and No. 9 spots on the all-time course list, according to New Jersey MileSplit.
Haddonfield’s top five averaged an astonishing 18:33, which is a huge course record.
Naticchia’s time trails only Foot Locker finalist Briana Gess [16:57 in 2013] and Olympian Marielle Hall [17:49 in 2008] at Pennypack Park.
It’s Naticchia’s fastest XC 5,000 ever on any course and her first time under 18 minutes. Her previous PR was an 18:18 at the Cougar Invitational at Buck Mill Park in Colts Neck behind Colts Neck’s Lilly Shapiro, the 2019 Meet of Champions runner-up.
Weiner’s 18:05 is her fastest 5K by 15 seconds. She ran 18:20 as a freshman in 2017 at the Colonial Conference All-Star Meet on the same course.
Colflesh’s 18:21 is also an all-course PR. She ran 18:29 as a freshman at that same Colonial Conference All-Star Meet and also at the Cougar Invite last week.
Haddonfield freshman Anne Earp, in only her fourth varsity race, placed fourth in 19:09, a 24-second PR over 19:33 at DREAM Park last week. That 19:09 is No. 19 in course history and 4th-fastest this year by any New Jersey freshman on any course.
Haddonfield’s fifth runner was senior Lindsay Colflesh, who placed sixth in 19:20. Her previous PR was a 19:29 on the same course last month.
Collingswood senior Sophie Steidle, the state Group 2 indoor 1,600 champ, ran 19:12 for fifth.
In all, Haddonfield had eight runners under 20 minutes, and all eight either set or tied their lifetime PRs over 5,000 meters for all XC courses.
Junior Jess Goode ran 19:25, sophomore Sabrina Miller 19:26 and senior Olivia Stoner 19:49. Goode’s previous 5K PR was 19:42 earlier this month, Miller’s was 19:38 earlier this month and Stoner tied her PR set last fall on the same course.
Haddon Township junior Regan Shemeley also recorded a massive all-course 5K PR with her 19:29. Her previous fastest time was a 20:16 last week. She led Haddon Township to second place in the six-team batch meet.
Six other runners broke 21 minutes: Haddonfield freshmen Ava Thomas [20:18] and Riley Slootsky [20:29], Haddonfield senior Georgia Nussey [20:41], Haddonfield sophomore Helene Usher [20:41], Haddon Heights sophomore Ava Severino [20:46] and Haddonfield freshman Sarah Fetter [20:52].
Haddonfield’s first five freshmen – Earp, Thomas, Slootsky, Fetter and Ava Peifer – averaged 20:48 and placed 4-11-12-16-26 and would have placed if competing as a separate entity.