In her first lifetime high school race over 5,000 meters, Northern Burlington freshman Liliah Gordon ran 19:00 at historic Holmdel County Park Saturday, winning the individual title in the Shore Coaches Invitational Group B race.
Her time is fastest by a South Jersey freshman at Holmdel County Park since Grace Yoon of Cherry Hill East ran 18:28 at the 2016 state Group 4 meet and fastest by a Burlington County freshman at Holmdel since Casey Doyle of Shawnee ran 18:39 at the 2007 Meet of Champions.
Gordon, now 4-for-4 this fall in invitationals, shattered the Northern Burlington school record for Holmdel by 20 seconds. Colleen Sunderland ran 19:20 at the 1994 state Group 2 meet, when she placed second to Jaime Weisgerber of Woodstown.
Gordon finished about 35 meters ahead of Clifton junior Remy Dubac, who placed second in 19:08. Her first three invitationals this fall were run at either 3,200 meters or 2 1/2 miles.
Her time was 4th-fastest among the six girls varsity race. Angelina Perez of Lakeland ran 17:37 and Cate DeSousa of Red Bank Catholic ran 18:49, both in the Group E race and Charlotte Bednar of Lawrenceville School ran 18:42 in the F race.
Three other South Jersey runners dipped under 20 minutes on the challenging, hilly Holmdel course, which has hosted the Shore Coaches meet since 1979.
Kingsway junior Aubrey Pierontoni ran 19:41 for third, Clearview junior Abby Waddington ran 19:49 for fourth and Mainland freshman Sofia Day ran 19:54 for fifth.
Also in the top 20 were Shawnee junior Kate Ruona [9th in 20:15] and Mainland sophomore Gillian Lovett [18th in 20:44].