Blazing finish gives Collingswood’s Sophie Steidle sub-11 at Cherokee!!!

Five laps into her 3,200 Friday night at Cherokee, Collingswood senior Sophie Steidle was averaging 83.6 seconds per lap and on pace for a time of 11:08.

That would have been a big PR but well short of the sub-11 she was hoping for at Cherokee’s Night of 3200s.

Then she picked up the pace. Big-time.

Steidle ran her 6th lap in 81.30 and then closed in 79.35 and 80.30 for about a 4:01 final 1,200, getting her under 11 minutes with what turned out to be the 3rd-fastest time at Cherokee Friday night and 2nd-fastest among South Jersey girls.

Steidle stopped the clock at 10:58.83, becoming the first Collingswood girl ever to run sub-11 for the 3,200 or two-mile.

Although they all ran in different sections, Lily Shapiro of Colts Neck (10:18.36), Haddonfield’s Sarah Naticchia (10:43.48), Lindsay Hausman of Kent Place School in Summit (10:58.89) and Steidle ran the four-fastest times in the state so far this year.

Steidle’s 1,600 PR is 5:15.11 from last year’s indoor Meet of Champions at Ocean Breeze, and her outdoor PR is 5:17.77 from the 2019 Camden County Championships at Haddon Township, so her second 1,600 on Friday night, which she ran in 5:26.17, was only 11 seconds off her PR.

Steidle was the state Group 2 champ at 1,600 meters in the winter of 2020. She ran that race at 80 seconds per lap and averaged 82.4 on Friday for a race that’s twice the distance. 

Here’s the all-time South Jersey sub-11-minute list. Naticchia is now No. 20 in South Jersey and Steidle is No. 38.

For the complete all-time South Jersey top-50, click here.

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], 2019
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
10:52.32 … Marielle Hall [Haddonfield], 2009
10:52.75 … Meghan Malloy [Haddonfield], 2013
10:52.9y … Monique Purcell [Holy Spirit], 1978
10:54.0y … Lori Watson [Cherry Hill East], 1983
10:54.05 … Maria Ruiz [Williamstown], 2009
10:54.16 … Lisa Burkholder [Cherokee], 2004
10:55.92 … Isabella Turner [Shawnee], 2018
10:56.34 … Brianna Rogers [Moorestown], 2005
10:56.54 … Arianna McKinney [Highland], 2004
10:57.52 … Mara Schiffhauer [Seneca], 2014
10:58.46 … Doreen Startare [Paul VI], 1978
10:58.83 … Sophie Steidle [Collingswood], 2021
10:58.97 … Megan Quimby [Lenape], 2015
10:59.25 … Pam Adams [Gateway], 1976
10:59.56 … Amanda Bakley [Pennsauken], 2015

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