Northern Burlington’s Lilliah Gordon records a 1st and a 2nd in record-setting performance at sectionals!!!!!

Big weekend for Northern Burlington’s Lilliah Gordon, who ran a fast 1,600-3,200 double at the South Jersey Group 3 meet at the Bubble.

Gordon ran 5:09.82 for 2nd place in the 1,600 behind only Toms River South’s Lily Oliver, who won the race in 5:03.53, and she came back to win the 3,200 in 11:09.91, finishing half 1-10th of a second ahead of Clearview junior Abigail Waddington, who ran 11:10.01.

Gordon, a freshman, had only run the 1,600 and 3,200 once previously, so those races were her previous PRs – 5:18.18 earlier in the week at Ocean Breeze and 11:20.06 last month at the Bubble.

This past fall, Gordon was 2nd to Colts Neck’s Lilly Shapiro in the state Group 3 meet and 8th in the Meet of Champions with an 18:29 at Holmdel.

She’s only run four open races this winter, which tells you her coaches know what they’re doing.

Her 5:09.82 is fastest by a South Jersey freshman in 10 years, since Lindsey Kane of Washington Township [5:04.81] and Camille Franklin of Lenape [5:07.01] at the 2012 Meet of Champions. The 11:09.91 is fastest by a South Jersey freshman since Kingsway’s Chelsea Ley ran 11:00.79 at 2007 Group 3 states and broke the Burlington County freshman 3,200 record of 11:13.52 set in 2010 by Lenape’s Natalie Ocasio at Group 4 states.

Gordon broke her own school record in the indoor 1,600 and ran within four seconds of the 3,200 record of 11:06.32 (converted from yards) set in 1995 by Colleen Sunderland. Her 3,200 time is No. 7 indoors in Burlington County history.

She’s the No. 1 freshman in New Jersey at both distances, and she’ll go into next weekend’s Group 3 states as the No. 1 seed in the 3,200 and the No. 2 seed in the 1,600. Her times rank 9th overall out of all the sectionals in the 1,600 and 2nd in the 3,200, behind only Angelina Perez of Lakeland Regional, who won Group 2 Sunday in 10:27.80. Perez was the Meet of Champions and Eastbay Northeast XC champ and placed second at Eastbay Nationals in San Diego.

Junior Zoe Lartey also had a nice day for Northern at sectionals, running PRs of 7.48 for 3rd in the 55-meter dash and 1:02.92 for 6th in the 400. Senior Keira Mansure also advanced to states in the 1,600 with a 5:29.38 for 4th place at sectionals. She’s run 5:13.85 outdoors. With 29 total points, Northern placed 6th in team scoring at sectionals

Here’s a look at the all-time Burlington County indoor lists at 1,600 and 3,200:

4:57.12 … Megan Quimby [Lenape], 2016
4:57.72 … Caitlin Orr (Lenape), 2010
4:58.48 … Natalia Ocasio (Lenape), 2010
4:58.69 … Nicole Clifford [Cherokee], 2022
4:59.29 … Julia DeSpirito [Shawnee], 2014
4:59.39 … Megan Lacy [Cherokee], 2012
5:00.39 … Lisa Burkholder [Cherokee], 2004
5:00.73y … Monica Olkowski (Cherokee), 1990
5:01.86 … Kristen Niedrich [Shawnee], 2012
5:03.97 … Camille Franklin [Lenape], 2014
5:06.53 … Brittnee Bynoe (Willingboro), 2003
5:07.60 … Miya Johnson (Lenape), 2008
5:08.12 … Shelby Bobbie [Rancocas Valley], 2014
5:08.46 … Casey Doyle [Shawnee], 2008
5:08.7h … Deanna Germano [Shawnee], 1986
5:09.19 … Sydny Warner [Seneca], 2017
5:09.41y … Liz Moore [Shawnee], 1994
5:09.73 … Emily McGee [Lenape], 2011
5:09.82 … Liliah Gordon [Northern Burlington], 2022

10:31.06 … Megan Lacy [Cherokee], 2012
10:46.63 … Erika Kemp [Rancocas Valley], 2013
10:55.58 … Nicole Clifford [Cherokee], 2022
11:00.7y … Deanna Germano (Shawnee), 1986
11:06.32y … Colleen Sunderland (Northern Burlington), 1995
11:08.85 … Nina Bendixen, [Shawnee], 2015
11:09.91 … Liliah Gordon [Northrn Burlington], 2022
11:10.88 … Caitlin Orr (Lenape), 2009
11:12.32 … Mara Schiffhauer [Seneca], 2014
11:13.52 … Natalia Ocasio (Lenape), 2010
11:16.51 … Meghan Hughes [Moorestown], 2002
11:16.51 … Meghan Hughes (Moorestown), 2002
11:16.97 … Meghan Malloy [Cinnaminson], 2011
11:16.17 … Kara Bonner [Shawnee], 2017
11:16.99 … Brittnee Bynoe (Memorial Middle), 2002

One thought on “Northern Burlington’s Lilliah Gordon records a 1st and a 2nd in record-setting performance at sectionals!!!!!

  1. Lorrie Thier February 20, 2022 / 4:06 pm

    Congrats to Liliah and Xoe for their respective races!

    Liked by 1 person

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