PHILADELPHIA-- The Haddonfield girls 4x800 relay team already had a successful trip to Penn Relays going into Friday’s Championship of America.
Haddonfield doubled down on its incredible weekend by taking two more seconds off the 9:20 it ran on Thursday and placing fifth in 9:18.37.
“Our goal today was to just medal and have the experience of being here,” Allison Colflesh said. “The fact that we PRed and got a medal today is a huge accomplishment for us as a team of sophomores.”
The team of Sarah Naticchia, Lindsay Colflesh, Payton Weiner and Allison Colflesh had the fourth-best American time in the race and second-best of New Jersey teams behind Union Catholic.
The Bulldawgs exceeded all of the goals they set for themselves going into Friday’s race.
“Our coach told us this is just the icing on the cake, but we wanted a medal,” Weiner said.
“Coach was telling us not to care about the medals and have fun,” Lindsay Colflesh said. “We went beyond that and placed fifth.”
Haddonfield learned from Thursday’s experience to remain within itself and not try to chase down champion Edwin Allen from Jamaica.
“We tried to go with them yesterday, at least Sarah did, and it did not turn out good,” Allison Colflesh said. “We said to let them go and stick with the girls around us and I think we did a good job of that.”
The Bulldawgs hung around the top of the second group on the track, and three of the runners recorded splits under 2:20.
Weiner and Allison Colflesh both had splits of 2:19 to keep in front of the rest of the pack and put together the 10th-fastest 4x800 time in South Jersey history.
“We always work hard to get a medal, no matter what,” Naticchia said. “Our coach said better as a sum than parts and it’s so true. Everytime we’re together, we just make magic happen.”
Girls 4x800 Championship of America
1. Edwin Allen (Jamaica): 8:54.02
2. Union Catholic: 9:00.36
3. Neumann-Goretti (PA): 9:03.07
4. Shenendehowa (NY): 9:15.50
5. Haddonfield: 9:18.37