Lilly Shapiro turned in a spectacular performance when the senior at Colts Neck dropped a NJ No. 2 All-Time 4:45.39 in the mile on Friday night in Boston.
Shapiro's time, which came when she placed sixth in her heat against college and pro runners at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University, is also the second fastest time in the county this season among high school girls.
Shapiro's 4:45.39 is the fastest time run by a NJ girls indoor in 39 years. Only Michelle Rowen of Washington Township, who ran the state record of 4:43.16 at the 1983 Eastern Championship at Harvard's Gordon Indoor Track in Cambridge, Mass., has run faster indoors than Shapiro. Shapiro is No. 2 on the national list for this season behind the 4:44.20 run by Rachel Forsyth of Michigan.
Shapiro is now No. 2 indoors and outdoors in state history in the mile. Last May, Shapiro ran 4:40.15 for 1,600, which only trails the 4:39.25 that Danielle Tauro of Southern ran in the mile in 2006.