Haddonfield’s Sarah Naticchia runs No. 20 3,200 in S.J. history at Cherokee Night of 3200s!!!

It was her first major track race in nearly 14 months, and Sarah Naticchia made it an unforgettable one.

Naticchia, who missed the indoor season after a terrific XC season, moved into the all-time South Jersey top-20 with a 10:43.48 Friday at Cherokee’s Night of 3200s.

Naticchia negative-split 5:26.93 and 5:16.55 and closed in 2:34.75 for her final 800.

Her time is No. 20 in South Jersey history and No. 3 in the proud history of Haddonfield’s track program, behind only Olympian Erin Donohue [10:28.6 in 2001] and Vanessa Wright [10:37.53 in 2005].

Naticchia’s previous PR was 10:48.87 at the 2019 state Group 2 championships at Central Regional in Bayville. Other than a 11:42 at a polar bear meet last month, that was her last 3,200.

Naticchia’s time was second-fastest among girls at Cherokee Friday. In a different race, Colts Neck junior Lilly Shapiro ran 10:18.36, No. 10 in state history and the fastest 3,200 or two-mile ever run on South Jersey soil.

Naticchia, who will attend Harvard, ran the fastest time by any South Jersey runner since 2017, when Mainland’s Alyssa Aldridge ran 10:27.44 and Kingsway’s Rachel Vick ran 10:29.28.

Here’s a look at the all-time South Jersey sub-10:50 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
10:43.48 … Sarah Naticchia [Haddonfield], 2021
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

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