Mainland freshman Sofia Day ran the fastest time of the day at the South Jersey Open, covering the 5,000-meter DREAM Park course in Logan Township in 18:32.
Day recorded her first invitational victory when she placed first in the Division 3 race, leading Mainland to the team title.
Day’s timer is No. 4 in course history. Here are the top 5 times, from the MileSplit venue leader board:
17:52 … Isabella Turner [Shawnee], 2018 South Jersey Shootout
18:22 … Kate Rathman [Cherokee], 2018 Olympic Conference
18:29 … Kate Ruona [Shawnee], 2020 Olympic Conference batch meet
18:32 … Sofia Day [Mainland Reg.], 2021 S.J. Open
18:37 … Sarah Naticchia [Haddonfield], 2020 S.J. Group 2 Sectionals
Her time matches the course record for freshmen./ Ruona ran 18:32 as a freshman in 2019 at the Olympic Conference Championships. They are the only freshmen to run under 19 minutes in the course’s short four-year history.
Day placed second in the freshman race at the Cherokee Challenge, second in the Osprey Invitational at Stockton and fifth in the Varsity B race at Shore Coaches.
Mainland went 1-2-5-9-13 overall and 1-2-4-6-7 in team scoring. Sophomore Gillian Lovett placed second in 19:20, sophomore Claudia Booth was 5th in 20:39, Sophomore Chloe Malone 9th in 21:19 and junior Sydney Luff 22:46 for 13th. They were backed up by senior 6th runner Madison O’Brien, who placed 16th in 24:11.