Shawnee graduate Amanda Demko, a freshman at The College of New Jersey, had a nice breakthrough race for The College of New Jersey this weekend.
Racing at the Quaker Invite at Franklin Field, Demko ran 57.46, the fastest time so far this spring by any NCAA Division 3 freshman. She bumped Alyssa Pfadenhauer of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, who ran 57.54 earlier this month in a meet at Waverly, Iowa.
Demko lowered her collegiate PR more than a second, from 58.84 to 57.46. She had run 58.84 at a meet last month at Stockton University. She placed 4th behind three quarter-milers from Temple and Penn.
Her time is No. 8 in NCAA Division 3 this year and No. 1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, ahead of teammate Megan Gasnick, who ran 58.20 in the same race Saturday in West Philly.
Before this weekend, Demko had a lifetime best of 58.66, which she ran twice while attending Shawnee – first at the Rowan Open in May of 2019 and again at the South Jersey Group 4 sectionals a few weeks later at Washington Township.
Demko also ran a leg on TCNJ’s 4-by-4 team that ran 3:54.63 at a meet at West Chester University last weekend, the No. 5 time in NCAA Division 3. Splits are not listed on TCNJ’s web site or on the official meet results. Also on that team were Gasnick and Alli Uhl, both from Park Ridge High, and Samantha Gorman (Scotch Plains-Fanwood).