Girls' 3000 meters
Aislinn Devlin of Downingtown West will look to follow up on her XC success in Sunday's state 3K (Photo by Steven Pisano)
Devlin leads a field where everyone has a shot to medal
In the final open event of the day, most of the entries will
come in fresh. One runner attempting the double is Germantown Academy's Abbe Goldstein, who is
contesting the mile earlier in the day. While there's a sizable time gap in
between, Goldstein is still going up against a strong field.
Downingtown West's Aislinn Devlin is the top seed and favorite of the bunch. After a long XC season, Devlin really came alive at Ocean Breeze in late January, where she dropped a 10:43.30 2 mile. She threw in a sub-5 mile at the New Balance Grand Prix in what has been a relatively quiet winter season for Devlin. Will we see a fast early pace to try to take the legs out of Goldstein?
Erin Feeney of Scranton Prep and Ally Rome of Dallas will be two serious contenders in the state 3K (Photo by Bill Shearn)
The rest of the field is very deep, too. Erin Feeney of Scranton Prep, fresh off a killer performance at the Carnival, has made herself into a definite factor. Ally Rome of Dallas will surely be in the mix, as well as Wilson's Alison Willingmyre. Pennsbury's Hannah Molloy is the top returner in the field from last year after taking third in 2015.
Ava Pietrzyk of North Hills, MaryGrace Rittler of Cheltenham, and Marianne Abdalah of Vincentian Academy will look to mix it up up front as well. All 12 entries have legitimate claims to one of the eight medal spots.
List of entries:
Event 15 Girls 3000 Meter Run (12) =============================================================================== State Meet: 9:36.45 3/1/2014 Tessa Barrett, Abington Heights Name Year School Seed =============================================================================== 1 Devlin, Aislinn 11 D-Town West 10:02.30 2 Goldstein, Abbe 11 Germantown Acad 10:02.56 3 Feeney, Erin 12 Scranton Prep 10:03.49 4 Rome, Ally 12 Dallas 10:11.15 5 Willingmyre, Alison 11 Wilson (3) 10:15.26 6 Pietrzyk, Ava 11 North Hills 10:15.29 7 Molloy, Hannah 12 Pennsbury 10:17.46 8 Rittler, MaryGrace 10 Cheltenham 10:18.06 9 Abdalah, Marianne 11 Vincentian A 10:18.74 10 Hallahan, Maggie 12 Germantown Acad 10:19.56 11 Glodek, Annie 11 Perkiomen Valley 10:20.76 12 Yourkavitch, Abby 10 Chambersburg 10:21.95