Indoor States Preview: Girls' Distance

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