Jojo Quarzo Opens Up With 10:27 3200m In NC

Jolena Quarzo started off her outdoor season with a PR in the 3,200 meters.

The Brownsville Area junior went down to NC State for the adidas Raleigh Relays this weekend and placed third against a loaded field of top distance runners from all around the country.. Quarzo went 10:27.97 -- about a three second improvement on her previous outdoor best in the event. It's also a tick under her indoor best for 3,200 meters.

Quarzo stayed with the lead pack for much of the race, even leading at times, before a top three of Quarzo, Kentucky's Ciara O'Shea, and Illinois' Scout Storms broke free. O'Shea eventually took command of the race and picked up the win in 10:25.05. Storms was second in 10:27.31 followed by Quarzo.

It's a big start to what should be a big spring for Quarzo. She went 10:30.93 last outdoor season to win the PIAA Class AA state title. That was five seconds off her sister, Gionna Quarzo's PIAA meet record of 10:25.91. Gionna is currently competing for NC State.

That record is certainly in sight for younger sister Jojo, but after a start to her season like this, she could have her sights set on much more.

Girls 3200m Run
Pl	Athlete	Team	Time				
1	Ciara O'SHEA	Madison Central	10:25.05
2	Scout STORMS	Barrington	10:27.31
3	Jolena QUARZO	Brownsville Area	10:27.97
4	Hannah Rae SHAFFER	Cardinal Gibbons	10:32.33
5	Charlotte BELL	Cuthbertson	10:35.76
6	Stella KERMES	Cuthbertson	10:39.82
7	Ava GORDON	Loudon Valley	10:47.01
8	Justine PREISANO	Cuthbertson	10:49.88
9	Sarah MITCHELL	Apex	10:56.54
10	Lillian NASTA	Cuthbertson	10:57.87
11	Olivia BUFALINI	Laney	10:59.62
12	Tiffany HERRERA	Saint Mark's	11:04.47
13	Alyssa PREISANO	Cuthbertson	11:05.82
14	Molly PARKER	Hoggard	11:08.35
15	Carly ARRINGTON	Providence Day	11:09.11
16	Joiner EVANS	Mt Tabor	11:10.77
17	Natalie DONALDSON	Saint Mark's	11:22.27
18	Stephanie HERRERA	Saint Mark's	11:26.68