Rancocas Valley graduate Erika Kemp qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 5,000 Saturday with a monster PR in Attleboro, Mass.
Kemp ran 15:10.10 in the Platinum PT Qualifier at Bishop Feehan High School, easily getting under the qualifying standard of 15:20.00. She’s already qualified for the 10,000 at the Trials.
The former North Carolina State All-America came into this month with a PR of 15:28.69 from the 2019 Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. She lowered it to 15:26.18 two weeks ago in Irvine, Calif.
The Trials run from June 18 through June 27 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The first round of the women’s 5,000 is scheduled for 8:54 p.m. EST on June 18 with the final following at 8:40 p.m. EST on June 21. The 10,000, with only one round, isn’t until 6:44 p.m. on June 26.
Kemp’s time is No. 10 among U.S. women this year, No. 34 in the world and No. 51 in U.S. history.
It’s also No. 4 ever among New Jersey natives. We put together an all-time New Jersey top 10., with the runners listed here with their hometown and high school and where and when they ran their PR:
14:51.42 … Josette Norris [Tenafly H.S.], Irvine, Calif., 2021
15:02.27 … Marielle Hall [Mount Laurel, Haddonfield H.S.], Azusa, Calif., 2019
15:05.38 … Julie Culley [Lebanon Township, North Hunterdon H.S.], London, 2012
15:10.10 … Erika Kemp [Mount Holly, Rancocas Valley Regional H.S.], Attleboro, Mass., 2021
15:11.27 … Sarah Pagano [Ringwood, Immaculate Heart Academy], Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, 2018
15:18.06 … Dana Giordano [Bernardsville, Bernards H.S.], San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 2020
15:18.53 … Ashley Higginson [Colts Neck H.S,], Palo Alto, Calif., 2015
15:22.98 … Amy Van Alstine [Midland Park H.S.], Palo Alto, Calif., 2014
15:23.71 … Anne Marie Lauck [Glen Gardner, North Hunterdon H.S.], Sacramento, Calif., 2000
15:35.97 … Nicol Traynor [Basking Ridge, Ridge H.S.], Palo Alto, Calif., 2014
Kemp, who has a 10,000 PR and Olympic Trials qualifier of 31:35.63 from last year, also PR’d this month at 1,500 meters with a 4:16.41 at Icahn Stadium in New York. Her previous 1,500 PR was 4:17.84 in Portland, Ore., in 2018.