Emma Zawatski of Freehold Township left a lot of smoke on the track when she broke the State Junior Class Record with one of the fastest mile times in NJ history at Saturday's Bruce Lehane Scarlet and White Invitational at Boston University.
Zawatski, competing against a mix of college and pro runners, finished fifth in her heat and 16th overall in her heat in 4:48.71!!!! That's the fastest time ever run indoors in the mile by a NJ high school girl, and is No. 7 in NJ indoor history.
More: New Jersey Girls 1600m Rankings
The 4:48.71 by Zawatski broke the State Junior Class record of 4:48.83 that Jillian Smith of Southern Regional ran at the 2009 Reebok Boston Games at the Reggie Lewis Center, and is the fifth fastest time in the nation this season.
Zawatski, who won the 1600m at the Meet of Champions last spring and captured the M of C XC title this past November, has placed her name right next to some of the all-time greats in state history with her sizzling perfoemance.
New Jersey All-Time Mile Indoors
Here is a look at the State's All-Time Indoor Top 10 list in the girls mile
4:43.16-Michelle Rowen, Washington Twp., 1983
4:45.39-Lilly Shapiro, Colts Neck, 2022
4:45.62-Camryn Wennersten, Garden State Track Club, 2022
4:46.13-Danielle Tauro, Southern, 2007
4:47.4-Meg Waldron, Bernards, 1983
4:48.42-Melanie Thompson, Voorhees, 2009
4:48.71-Emma Zawatski, Freehold Township, 2023
4:48.83-Jillian Smith, Southern, 2008
4:49.23-Joelle Amaral, Randolph, 2011
4:49.48-Ajee' Wilson, Neptune, 2011