Kingsway sophomore Aubrey Pierontoni, racing for the first time in three weeks, ran a huge all-course 5K PR of 18:37 to place second in the Crash Running High School XC Invitational at Ocean County Park in Lakewood.
Pierontoni’s previous 5,000-meter PR on any course was 19:04 in last year’s South Jersey Group 4 sectionals at Delsea, where she placed seventh.
Kingsway was unable to compete at sectionals and Pierontoni hadn’t raced since the South Jersey Open three weeks ago.
Pierontoni, the Gloucester County champion, finished second to 2019 Meet of Champions runner-up Caroline Mehlhorn of Montgomery, who ran 18:17.
All runners competed unattached and did not officially represent their high schools.
Kingsway junior Allison Helkowski ran a 5K PR of 19:08 and placed eighth. Her previous PR was 19:41, also from last year’s sectionals on the fast Delsea course.
Clearview senior Katherine Byrne also PR’d and placed 10th overall in 19:12. Her previous PR for any 5,000-meter course was also at Delsea but was at 2018 Group 4 sectionals, where she placed eighth in 19:31.
Sophomore Kelsey Niglio and junior Nicole Clifford of Cherokee finished 11th and 4th in 19:16 and 19:39.
Clearview freshman Abigail Waddington and Cherokee freshman Olivia Parkinson both broke 20 minutes for the first time, Waddington placing 13th in 19:38 and Parkinson16th in 19:44.
Also under 20 was Kingsway senior Sydney Watts, who finished 19th in 19:49, and Ocean City senior Alexa Palmieri, who ran 19:59 for 23rd place.
Two other freshmen – Cherokee’s Alaina Bromley and Clearview’s Eleanor Race – ran 5K PRs, Bromley in 24th in 20:02 and Race in 36th with 20:51.