HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Allie Zealand started to move at the 2K mark.
It was at that point when the Lynchburg, Virginia native began to make her mark on the girls championship 3,200m on Friday at the RunningLane Track Championships, ultimately going from seventh to sixth to fourth to second and then first as she secured a new meet record in 10:06.16.
It was a wild flurry from a race that saw Mary Bonner Dalton mostly lead from start to finish. But this wasn't a 3K. Zealand's pace was simple too much to match in the final 200 meters.
It marked the second straight year where Zealand, who was making her outdoor debut on Friday, made a major second-half move on the race. This time, however, she won, which followed up her third-place finish last year.
Bonner Dalton, a junior from Myers Park (NC) was second in 10:09.19, while Williamstown's (WV) Alyssa Sauro was third in 10:11.81, Herndon's (VA) Gillian Bushee was fourth in 10:22.78 and Ella Gibbs, a freshman from Bleckley County (GA), was fifth in 10:23.44.