Nicole Clifford runs all-time S.J. #4 in 1,000 meters, leading 1-2-3-4 Cherokee sweep!!!!!

Cherokee teammates Nicole Clifford and Kelsey Niglio both broke 3 minutes Wedneday evening in the 1,000-meter run, becoming the 6th and 7th South Jersey girls to do so.

Clifford, a senior, won the race at the SJTCA meet at the Bubble in 2:56.01, and Niglio, a junior, was 2nd in 2:59.81. Cherokee swept the top four spots in the race, with freshman Megan Niglio 3rd in 3:05.88 and sophomore Kerry O’Day 4th in 3:07.23.

Clifford’s time is No. 4 in South Jersey history and Niglio’s is No. 6. The state record of 2:44.43 was set in 2019 by Olympic gold medalist Athing Mu of Trenton. Shawnee’s Michelle DiMuro, 4th in the 1996 Olympic Trials at 800 meters, set the South Jersey record of 2:50.63 in 1985 at the Byrne Arena in East Rutherford.

Cherokee’s school record is 2:53.12, set in 1990 by Monica Olkowski.

A 2:56.01 is the equivalent of running 2:20.8 pace for 800 meters and then running another 200 at the same pace.

Although the 300, 600 and 1,000 aren’t run as often as they used to be, for decades those were the standard middle-distance races in indoor track.

On the MileSplit national list, Clifford’s time is No. 14 in the country so far this year. She bumped Columbia’s Peyton Hollis for the No. 1 performance this year in New Jersey. Hollis ran 2:57.29 last month at the Stanner Games at the Armory.

The same four girls doubled back in the 600, Kelsey Niglio winning in 1:38.77, with Clifford 2nd in 1:38.79, Megan Niglio 3rd in 1:44.47 and O’Day 4th in 1:45.71. Niglio’s time is tied for No. 2 in the state so far this year and Clifford is No. 4.

Both times are just shy of the all-time South Jersey top-10, coming in at No. 12 and No. 13.

All-Time South Jersey 1,000-Meter Run List 
2:50.63 … Michelle DiMuro [Shawnee], 1985
2:52.52 … Marielle Hall [Haddofield], 2010
2:53.12 …Monica Olkowski [Cherokee], 1990
2:56.01 … Nicole Clifford [Cherokee], 2022
2:59.02 … Taneisha Pittman [Woodrow Wilson], 2002
2:59.81 … Kelsey Niglio [Cherokee], 2022
2:59.94 … Lindsey Kane [Washington Twp.], 2015

All-Time New Jersey 1,000-Meter Sub-3 List
2:44.43 … Athing Mu [Trenton], 2019
2:46.09 … Jillian Smith [Southern Reg.], 2009
2:47.44 … Margaret Scutro [Ridgewood], 1985
2:47.85 … Janine Davis [Queen of Peace], 2005
2:50.16 … Jasmin Jones [Hackensack], 1986
2:50.63 … Michelle DiMuro [Shawnee], 1985
2:50.69 … Chelsea Cox [Southern Reg.], 2009
2:51.80 … Molly McNamara [Red Bank Cath.], 2011
2:51.87 … Victoria Vanriele [Governor Livingston], 2018
2:51.88 … Jodie Bilotta [North Hunterdon], 1987
2:52.04 … Catherine Pagano [Northern Highlands], 2015
2:52.19 … Joelle Amaral [Randolph], 2011
2:52.52 … Marielle Hall [Haddofield], 2010
2:53.12 …Monica Olkowski [Cherokee], 1990
2:53.51 … Liana Marzano [Red Bank Catholic], 2012
2:54.27 … Sam Anderson [Matawan], 2016
2:54.35 … Lauren Gregory [Morris Knolls], 2006
2:54.40 … Caroline O’Sullivan [Old Tappan], 2017
2:54.67 … Cathy Feeney [Wayne Valley], 1990
2:56.01 … Nicole Clifford [Cherokee], 2022
2:56.2 … Jahlisa Smith [Plainfield], 2007
2:56.26 … Lynne Collazo [Ridgewood], 1989
2:56.35 … Christine Engel [Mount Olive], 1991
2:56.41 … Corrine Myers [Westwood], 2014
2:56.51 … Kylene Cochrane [West Morris Central], 2014
2:57.1 … Lauren Penney [Roxbury], 2007
2:57.27 … Katie Hamilton [Westfield], 2019
2:57.29 … Peyton Hollis [Columbia], 2022
2:57.31 … Caleigh Higgins [Pope John XXIII],, 2014
2:57.3 … Ashley Higginson [Colts Neck], 2007
2:57.67 … Jerika Lufrano [Union Catholic], 2018
2:57.68 … Morgan Lyons [Ridge], 2020
2:57.71 … Christina Allen. [River Dell], 2021
2:57.77 … Corina Vidal [Henry Hudson], 2019
2:57.80 … Erin McKenna [Ramapo], 2009
2:58.4 … Erin Henry [Glen Rock], 2002
2:58.59 … Kaleigh Gunsiorowski [Union Catholic], 2022
2:58.90 … Madison Holleran [Northern Highlands], 2013
2:58.90 … Shannon Soria [River Dell], 2016
2:58.95 … Elizabeth Wellman [Randolph], 2014
2:59.02 … Taneisha Pittman [Woodrow Wilson], 2002
2:59.03 … Pauline Dabrowski [Donovan Catholic], 2010
2:59.40 … Samantha Green [Park Ridge], 2018
2:59.5 … Jen Metz [Pascack Valley], 1992
2:59.70 … Julie Sinkovitz [Immaculate Heart Acad.], 2009
2:59.72 … Lindsey Bellaran [Red Bank Catholic], 2012
2:59.81 … Kelsey Niglio [Cherokee], 2022
2:59.90 … Dale Leonard [Hunterdon Central], 2022
2:59.94 … Lindsey Kane [Washington Twp.], 2015
2:59.9 … Julie Emanuel [Tenafly], 2003

 

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