Cherokee girls run unpressed early U.S. #1 DMR at the Bubble!!!

The Cherokee girls ran the fastest DMR in the country in the early going of the indoor season Wednesday, and they did it on the slowest track around with little competition.

Senior Nicole Clifford, freshman Megan Niglio, junior Kelsey Niglio and sophomore Kerry O’Day ran 12:30.94. According to the MileSplit national database, the previous fastest time in the U.S. (and New Jersey) so far was a 12:36.29 by Kent Place School of Summit at Ocean Breeze on Monday.

Cherokee won the race by nearly a minute and a half at the South Jersey Track Coaches Association No. 3 meet at the Bubble in Toms River.

Clifford led off with a 3:40.6 split for 1,200 meters, Megan Niglio ran 64.7 for the 400, Kelsey Niglio split 2:21.3 on the 800 leg and O’Day anchored in 5:24.3.

The time is No. 4 in Cherokee history indoors, and their fastest since 2011, when the Chiefs ran 12:28.38 at the Group 4 state relays on the same track. 

It’s fastest by any Burlington County DMR indoors since 2017, when Lenape [12:17.40], Shawnee [12:20.11] and Seneca [12:26.75] all ran faster.

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