Lost amid the hustle of a national high school record in the girls 3K this weekend in New York was the overall effort of Pennsylvania native Marlee Starliper, who lined up against a collegiate 3K field in State College on Saturday and proceeded to put down the ninth fastest time in the history of the distance.
The Northern (PA) High School junior was downright dominant once she took the lead through 2K in 6:23 and then closed the last four laps in 2:22.
"I was just really excited," Starliper told PennTrackXC's Phil Grove afterward. "I've never ran a fresh 3k before. I was excited to make the most of the competition and really see what I could do."
Starliper's overall effort was exceptional in that it wasn't only a US No. 2 time but it also broke Pennsylvania's state indoor record of 9:20.91, which was last set in 2014 by Tessa Barrett in 9:31.09 at New Balance Nationals Indoor.
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Penn State National's Girls 3K Field
|2||Moira O'Shea||Penn State University||9:33.68||1|
|3||Grace Mancini||LaSalle University||9:34.73||1|
|4||Katie Munks||Penn State University||9:39.93||1|
|5||Jordan Williams||Penn State University||9:46.55||1|
|6||Samantha Hatcher||West Virginia University||9:52.34||1|