Watch Mary Hennelly Shatter 8th Grade State and National Record for Steeple in 6:49.41

The Steeple tradition runs deep in Rockland County.  For Suffern High School, the bond runs even deeper, as tradition dictates some of the best steeplers in the country come from the Class A school.  Shelby Greany ('09) rewrote the record books through her tenure at Suffern, but she is slowly being edged off the record books.  That's because new Suffern phenom, Mary Hennelly, is making her way up the ranks.

Hennelly took down Greany's 7th grade record last year, hovering just over 7mins flat.  One year later, Hennelly captured another one of Greany's marks in her win last night, taking the Rockland County Champs in her 2016 debut for the event.  Her mark of 6:49.41 nearly matches the personal best of Suffern's last great Steepler, Kate Zendell, who went NY #13 in 2013.  Hennelly now finds herself at NY #14.  Because the official National Records don't go below 9th grade, and Steeple is a NY-centric event regardless, we believe that would also be the National Record in the event.

The win came from the joint efforts of Hennelly and Alex Harris.  Harris pushed the pace early, and gave Hennelly a mark to pace off.  The junior from North Rockland was spurred to a personal best of her own, and sets up a big showdown in Section 1 come State Quals and beyond.

Full Results and Records below.

Girls 2,000 Meter Steeplechase Finals All Results
Place Athlete Team Result Wind H#
1 Mary Hennelly 8 Suffern 6:49.41 1
2 Alexandra Harris 11 North Rockland 6:50.97 1
3 Mary Borkoski 9 Pearl River 7:06.00 1
4 Haleigh Morales 8 North Rockland 7:12.35 1
5 Rachel Ludwikowski 11 Suffern 7:19.57 1
6 Kerry O'Connor 10 North Rockland 7:30.09 1
7 Jenna Borenkoff 12 Suffern 7:39.23 1
8 Claire Tantillo 12 North Rockland 7:42.45 1
9 Annie McCormack 10 Pearl River 7:47.86 1
10 Erin Cahill 9 Clarkstown North 7:58.49 1
11 Maeve Downes 9 Clarkstown North 8:10.53 1
12 Michelle Garvey 8 Pearl River 8:20.93 1
13 Lindsey Braunfotel 9 Suffern 8:28.81 1
14 Emily Reda 10 Suffern 8:40.75 1
15 Catherine Zajac 9 Suffern 8:58.01 1


 2000 Meter Steeplechase
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 7G:   7:17.10     Hannah Davidson (Argyle)                         2003  
       7:16.3      Shelby Greany (Suffern)                          2004
       7:12.2      Shelby Greany (Suffern)                          2004 (May 27, Sec 1 St Qual)
       7:05.22     Mary Hennelly (Suffern)                          2015 (May 15, Rockland Co Champ)
       7:00.12     Mary Hennelly (Suffern)                          2015 ** (May 21, Section 1 Class A, Suffern)
 8G:   7:21.2      Emily Malinowski (Bethlehem)                     2001
       7:14.49     Hannah Davidson (Saratoga)                       2004 
       7:11.8      Hannah Davidson (Saratoga)                       2004 
       7:03.47     Hannah Davidson (Saratoga)                       2004 (Jun 19, AOC, NC State Univ)
       6:57.6      Shelby Greany (Suffern)                          2005 (Apr 23, Pirate Relays, Pearl River)
       6:56.2      Shelby Greany (Suffern)                          2005 (May 2, Cornwall Steeplefest)
       6:49.41     Mary Hennelly (Suffern)                          2016 ** (May 19, Rockland Co Champ, Clarkstown S)
 Fr:   7:05.90     Heather Iatauro (Tri-Valley, Grahamsville)       2001
       6:53.49     Hannah Davidson (Saratoga)                       2005 (May 14, Hartford CT Invite)
       6:50.7      Hannah Davidson (Saratoga)                       2005 (May 24, Sec 2-St Qual, Averrill Park)
       6:48.64     Hannah Davidson (Saratoga)                       2005 ** (Jun 18, NON Nationals, NC A&T Univ)
 So:   6:56.2      Heather Iatauro (Tri-Valley, Grahamsville)       2002
       6:54.0      Kara McKenna (Suffern)                           2004 (May 19, Sec 1 Class A)
       6:45.49     Lindsey Ferguson (Saratoga)                      2004 (Jun 5, States, Cicero-N Syr)
       6:44.63     Shelby Greany (Suffern)                          2007 ** (Jun 16, NON Nationals, NC A&T Univ)
 Jr:   6:58.28     Erin Demchko (Pearl River)                       2002
       6:53.9      Heather Iatauro (Tri-Valley, Grahamsville)       2003 (May 29, Sec 9 St Qual)
       6:52.1      Kara McKenna (Suffern)                           2005 (May 2, Cornwall Steeplefest)
       6:44.63     Lindsey Ferguson (Saratoga)                      2005 (May 14, Hartford CT Invite)
       6:43.9      Lindsey Ferguson (Saratoga)                      2005 (May 24, Sec 2-St Qual, Averrill Park)
       6:39.54     Lindsey Ferguson (Saratoga)                      2005 (Jun 4, NY States, Cicero_N Syr)
       6:38.27     Brianna Nerud (North Shore)                      2011 (Jun 11, NY States, Cal-Mumford)
       6:29.56     Brianna Nerud (North Shore)                      2011 ** (July 10, World Youth Champ, Lille, France)
 Sr:   6:53.54     Jamie Sweeney (Saratoga Springs)                 2002 (Jun 15, AOC, NC State Univ)
       6:52.45     Heather Iatauro (Tri-Valley, Grahamsville)       2004 (Jun 5, States, Cicero-N Syr)
       6:43.0      Lindsey Ferguson (Saratoga)                      2006 (Apr 29, Tiger Relays, Kingston)
       6:36.37     Lindsey Ferguson (Saratoga)                      2006 (May 13, Hartford (CT) Invite)
       6:36.05     Lindsey Ferguson (Saratoga)                      2006 ** (Jun 10, NY States, St. Lawrence)
       6:33.7      Shelby Greany (Suffern)                          2009 (May 4, Cornwall Steeplefest)
       6:33.01     Mary Kate Anselmini (Ward Melville)              2011 (June 4, Sec 11 StQual, Port Jeff)
       6:30.73     Brianna Nerud (North Shore)                      2012 ** (May 5, St. Anthony's Invite)


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