Girls' Indoor States Distance Preview: Goldstein Looks For Gold, Arizin in the 800, Savchik in 3K

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Girls' 3000 Meters

The final girls open event of the day will feature what should be a great matchup between two of the state's premiere distance runners. Germantown Academy's Abbe Goldstein vs. North Allegheny's Clara Savchik.

Goldstein, who ran a 9:48.75 3K at Ursinus earlier this season, will be doubling back from the mile. Despite that, the senior has proven she's fit enough to come back and put down a fast time. Savchik has opted to run the 3000 fresh. Savchik has run 10:01.59 in the event and that came off a double. There could definitely be some late meet fireworks in this one.

Cheltenham's MaryGrace Rittler can't be counted out either, though. Rittler, like Goldstein, will be coming back from the mile, but her fitness has shown to be at a high level entering Saturday. Rittler battled Savchik to the line back in January at Kevin Dare, and she'll look to hang with the leaders once again (and pick up some more crucial team points).

Conestoga's Dominique Shultz ran 10:15 in the 3K back at Kevin Dare. She's run a few one miles since then, but she'll return to the 15-lapper on Saturday, looking for a high finish. Chambersburg's Abby Yourkavitch will be strong in this field. Last week, Yourkavitch ran 10:16 to win at the State College Invite and get into states.

Pennridge's Monika Brill has decided to run the 3000 meters, after a 10:20 in the event back in January. Vincentian Academy's Marianne Abdalah is one to watch. She was fifth in that stacked Kevin Dare 3K back in January. Central Bucks West's Megan Kolbe is another one that should be up there in this race.

Girls' 3000m Entries:

Event 15  Girls 3000 Meter Run (12)
  State Meet:  9:36.45  3/1/2014    Tessa Barrett, Abington Heights            
     Name                        Year School                                
  1  Abdalah, Marianne             12 Vincentian Acad             
  2  Brill, Monika                 12 Pennridge                   
  3  Dyer, Olivia                  11 North Penn                  
  4  Goldstein, Abbe               12 Germantown Acad             
  5  Hutton, Brooke                11 Coatesville                 
  6  Kolbe, Megan                  12 CB West                     
  7  McLain, Maddie                11 Eastern York                
  8  Rittler, MaryGrace            11 Cheltenham                  
  9  Savchik, Clara                11 North Allegh                
 10  Scheinbecker, Teaghan         11 Perk Valley                 
 11  Shultz, Dominique             11 Conestoga                   
 12  Yourkavitch, Abby             11 Chambersburg