PTFCA Indoor States Preview: Girls' Distance

Girls' One Mile Run Preview

The stage is set for another battle in the mile between two of the state's greatest of all-time, Marlee Starliper and Taryn Parks. Last winter, the pair met in an indoor nationals duel for the ages with Parks taking the national title by the slimmest of margins. Then outdoors, Parks once again took the win in the 1,600 meters at the state meet.

Starliper returns to the indoor state meet after choosing the USATF Indoor Championships last year. There's no conflict this year and Starliper will chase a pair of state titles, the first of which coming in the mile. The Northern senior got the advantage on Parks earlier this season when she ran to a convincing Millrose Games victory in the mile, breaking Parks' all-time state record with a time of 4:37.76, the fourth fastest indoor high school mile time ever.

Parks, of Greencastle-Antrim, was third in that race, running a still-wholly-impressive 4:44.98. Starliper enters as the big favorite, but Parks has a knack for stepping up on the big stage and one can't expect her to go down without a fight. Parks ran to the state crown last winter in 4:53.48. Both will be doubling back in events later, so it remains to be seen how that will affect the overall shape of the mile. This will, of course, be one of the meet's premiere races.

It's likely Starliper and Parks will break away from the rest of the pack, but there is still an abundance of talent in this field that will be racing for medals. Friends' Central's Lydia Russell will be a factor near the front. She ran a best of 5:01 this season and has run sub-5 before. She's a talented racer, who will be right up there for a high finish.

The same goes for Emily Carter of Bethel Park. After successfully running four events at last week's TSTCA Championships, the junior is set for the state meet. Fourth at indoor states last year, she has a season best of 5:03, but she did run 4:53 (after winning the 3,200) to take third behind Starliper and Parks in the outdoor state 1,600 this past spring. She will be right in the mix for a high placing again on Sunday.

After that, there's tons of depth with Carnival winner Caryn Rippey of Wilson, Katie Locker of Elizabethtown, Gianna Labbiento of Sharon, and Claire Zubey of Owen J. Roberts. It's a deep field and it's certainly possible that a number of medalists could come out of the first of the two sections.

Event 7  Girls 1 Mile Run
 Meet Record:  4:42.58  3/1/2014    Brianna Schwartz, Shaler Area              
               5:20.73  SGQ State Guideline
     Name                        Year School                                
  1  Breuninger, Arielle           11 J.P. McCaskey                      
  2  Carroll, Margaret             11 Northeastern                       
  3  Carter, Emily                 11 Bethel Park                        
  4  Clarke, Allyson               12 WC East                            
  5  Cubbison, Kylee               10 Mifflin County                     
  6  Flannery, Reagan              12 Dtown West                         
  7  Gilpatrick, Lizzie            12 State College                      
  8  Kiser, Camryn                  9 Chambersburg                       
  9  Krautzel, Marcella            12 Unionville                         
 10  Labbiento, Gianna             11 Sharon                             
 11  Lloyd, Kiersten               12 Red Lion                           
 12  Locker, Katie                 12 Elizabethtown                      
 13  Murphy, Maggie                 9 Mt St Joseph Aca                   
 14  Parks, Taryn                  12 Greencastle-Antr                   
 15  Rippey, Caryn                 10 Wilson (3)                         
 16  Russell, Lydia                12 Friends' Cen                       
 17  Sisson, Grace                 12 Fox Chapel A                       
 18  Spears, Karsyn                10 Seneca Valley                      
 19  Starliper, Marlee             12 Northern                           
 20  Zubey, Claire                  9 O J Roberts