Perhaps no one was more surprised than Marlee Starliper. The Northern freshman wanted to go through the midway point of the 1600 meters at the Mid-Penn Conference Championships, slightly under 2:30, or 5 flat pace.
Instead, she came through much faster and opened up a gap on the field. From there it was home free. Starliper beat fellow freshman Taryn Parks of Greencastle-Antrim, who has managed to get the best of her the other times the pair have race.
But Saturday was Starliper's day. She crossed the line first in a time of 4:50.78, a PA#1 by nearly five seconds. It's also a US#14 and it makes Starliper the third ranked freshman in the country over 1600 meters. What more does she have in store for districts and states?
Event 109 Girls 1600 Meter Run =================================================================== Name Year School Finals H# =================================================================== 1 Marlee Starliper 9 Northern 4:50.78 3 2 Taryn Parks 9 Greencastle- 4:55.70 3 3 Abby Yourkavitch 11 Chambersburg 5:04.85 3 4 Meg Lebo 10 Carlisle 5:05.44 3 5 Marie Rulapaugh 12 Cumberland V 5:12.24 3