INDOOR TRACK & FIELD MEET OF CHAMPIONS
Trethaway blows away field in 3,200
Rich Bevensee for the Star-Ledger
West Morris junior Julia Trethaway had her eye on the school record book when she toed the starting line for the NJSIAA girls indoor track Meet of Champions 3,200 meters. But she wasn’t chasing a time. When Trethaway blew away the field on Sunday at the Bennett Center in TomsRiver — running the second mile entirely alone — and captured her first M of C title in a U.S. No. 88 10:32.55, she was mostly excited about the company she was keeping.
“This means so much,” said Trethaway after running the fourth-fastest time in meet history. “Kylene Cochran is one of the best runners to come out of my high school and she won a (M of C 1,600) state title in 2014. I never thought I could do that, so to be up there with a runner like that is amazing.”
Trethaway and Cochrane are the only West Morris girls to win an indoor M of C title. Pingry’s Nicole Vanasse, the defending champion, placed second in U.S. No. 12 10:39.93 and North Hunterdon’s Emily Nugent, the Group 4 champion, was third in N.J. No. 5 10:45.86. Randolph’s Abby Loveys, who missed the group meet with the flu and therefore did not qualify for the M of C, would have been Trethaway’s biggest threat. Loveys ran a 10:34.25 at sectionals. But her absence didn’t slow Trethaway, who ran as if someone was breathing down her neck.
“That was just pure adrenaline,” said Trethaway of being able to run so fast alone. “I just felt so good and I wanted it so bad. I have been dreaming of this since forever. I knew it was my chance, so I told myself to do whatever it takes.”