Marlee Starliper wasted little time transitioning from cross country mode to track mode.
Starliper, of Northern, went up to New York a week removed from her 13th place finish at Foot Locker XC Nationals, and ran the nation's fastest mile of the young indoor season. Starliper ran away with the win in 4:47.21 at the Armory Coaches Hall of Fame Invitational at the Armory, using that XC fitness to propel her to a quick time.
Her time, a PA#1 and US#1, broke the Hall of Fame Invite meet record by over 5 seconds. She bookending her race with 34 second laps on the 200 meter oval and consistently running mid-36 second splits, as she managed to pull away from second place Lily Flynn of Ursuline School (NY) a little after the midway point.
It's not a PR for the reigning PA indoor mile state champ, who ran 4:43.49 at Penn State last year, but it's still a tremendous start to her junior season on the track.
According to the MileSplit database, Starliper's time is the fastest ever time run in December by a high school girl.
|INVITATIONAL GIRLS ONE MILE RUN FINALS|
|2||Lily Flynn||12||Ursuline School||4:54.21||1|
|3||Lauryn Heskin*||10||Marymount School||5:04.49||1|
|4||Sarah Flynn||12||Ursuline School||5:07.57||1|
|5||Isabelle Goldstein||11||Germantown Academy||5:09.44||1|
|6||Jordyn McDonnell||12||Sachem North||5:10.22||1|
|7||Maureen Lewin||12||Kellenberg Memorial||5:10.67||1|
|8||Roshni Singh||11||Bay Shore||5:11.60||1|
|9||Sonia Finkenberg||11||Rye Neck||5:13.83||1|
|10||Tess Pisanelli||11||Ridgefield High School||5:13.86||1|
|11||Kileigh Kane||12||State College Area High School||5:15.17||1|