Virginia’s Sydney Coppolino from Sterling PRs in 800 at Duke Invitational!!!

Sterling graduate Sydney Coppolino shattered her 800 PR this weekend in only her third outdoor 800 since the spring of 2017.

Coppolino, a Virginia junior, ran 2:07.26 and placed 6th in the Duke Invitational Saturday at the Morris Williams Track Stadium. She was one of three Virginia half-milers to run sub-2:08.

She actually ran in the second-to-last heat, placing second to North Carolina State’s Anna Vess, who ran 2:07.00, then she watched as her time held up for sixth place overall. She was out in 63.70 and back in 63.57.

Coppolino’s previous PR was a 2:07.96 last May at the ACC Championships in Raleigh, where she ran 2:07.96. But that was at the end of the spring season. This 2:07.26 comes early in the season with a month before the conference championships.

As a senior at Sterling, Coppolino ran 2:11.45 at the Meet of Champions at Northern Burlington and then for a variety of reasons didn’t run another outdoor 800 until last spring. She literally went nearly four years without running a competitive outdoor 800, although she did run 2:09.18 indoors at the indoor ACC meet in Blacksburg, Va., in February.

Her 2:07.26 ranks 11th in Virginia history – 1-100th of a second outside the all-time top-10. She’s No. 64 nationally in NCAA Division 1 and No. 8 in the ACC.

Coppolino is the second South Jersey girl under 2:10 so far this spring. Lenape graduate Shelby Whetstone, a Rutgers sophomore from Lenape, ran 2:08.02 at the Stanford Invitational.

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