Both Abbe Goldstein of Germantown Academy and Aislinn Devlin of Downingtown West ran their fastest 3Ks of the indoor season last year in the middle of a 2 mile. At New Balance Nationals Indoor, the two then-juniors placed fifth and seventh and blasting some quick split times along the way.
Those two are the top returners headed into the indoor season. Last year, it was Scranton Prep's Erin Feeney that pulled off an upset win at the indoor state meet, beating out Devlin in a great race. Feeney won in 9:48 to Devlin's 9:52. Goldstein, coming off the mile earlier in the day, was third.
Looking to this year, Devlin proved to be the state's top distance runner in cross country. She won a state title in AAA, then repeated as NXN Northeast Regional champion before taking 45th at this past weekend's Nike Cross Nationals. She'll likely take some time off, but she will be strong when she returns. Goldstein was the PAISAA (Independent Schools) state champion. She had a breakthrough winter last year and will look for more of the same this year.
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One to watch will be North Allegheny's Clara Savchik. The WPIAL XC champion improved quite a bit and nearly pulled off a huge upset over Devlin at XC states. After not competing in any post-states races, Savchik should be primed for a big winter if she can stay healthy.
Perkiomen Valley's Annie Glodek and Wilson's Alison Willingmyre are returning medalists from last year in the 3000. Glodek had a big fall that included a trip to Portland for Nike Cross Nationals, where she placed 70th in the country. She will look to ride that momentum into indoors. Willingmyre will compete this upcoming weekend at Foot Locker Nationals after qualifying through for FL Northeast. The Penn State-signee should be a serious threat after taking seventh a year ago.
Vincentian Academy's Marianne Abdalah is another returning medalist. She was eighth last year. The West Virginia recruit ran a season best of 10:18 in the 3K last winter. Cheltenham's MaryGrace Rittler was a breakout performer last year and she has some state meet experience. So does North Hills' Ava Pietrzyk, who was ninth at indoor states in the 3K last winter. Both will look for return tickets to Penn State in February.
If she competes this indoor season, Greencastle-Antrim's Taryn Parks will be a factor. Parks in the lone freshman competing this weekend at Foot Locker Nationals and it'll be interesting to see what she can do on the track.
Others to watch in the 3000 include Kayla Connelly (Lansdale Catholic), Ariana Gardizy (North Penn), RileyKwiatkowski (Greensburg Salem), Elizabeth Mancini (Cardinal O'Hara), and Abby Yourkavitch (Chambersburg), among others.
Watch a replay of the girls' 3000 meters race at the PTFCA Indoor State Championships and check out the top 189 returners in the event below: