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Soph assaults LCM record books

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Dave Pacevich is a very organized high school track coach when it comes to maintaining and updating records. That’s in part because these days it seems he has to update those records almost every time his Lower Cape May Regional High School girls program competes.

Quinn Bithell is a major reason why. The versatile sophomore already owns or shares six program records in a variety of events.

Bithell and her teammates set three new records at the recent Buena Relays. Bithell, Destiny West, Lizzy Sulecki and Suzanne Beteta set a new program mark of 14:47 in the distance medley relay; Bithell and West posted a new top time of 2:28.57 in the 2x400 intermediate hurdles; and Bithell and Domonique DeCamillo set a new standard of 9 feet, 4 inches in the high jump relay.

“Every girl on a team with her got a medal (at the Buena Relays),” Paceivh said. “Of course it’s a team event, but she kind of brings out the best effort in people. She helps everyone else perform at a higher level.”

Bithell also already holds the school’s individual high jump record of 5-2 and is part of the record-holding 4x200 and 3x400 intermediate hurdles teams set at last year’s George Rowland Relays.

Bithell’s versatility is a huge asset to the team. She can excel in a number of different events, and this season has been competing in the high jump, long jump, 400 hurdles, 400 and 800 in dual meets. And she could certainly run the 100, 200 or 100 hurdles if needed.

“Her biggest asset is her willingness to practice when everyone else isn’t practicing,” PAcevich said. “She’s always the first one out there setting up the hurdles or pulling out the high jump mat. She worked tirelessly through the winter, and that helped her break the high jump record at our very first meet.”

Bithell was the county high jump champion as a freshman last season.

Despite being less than two full seasons into her high school career, Bithell has become a leader for an improving program.

“She is a true leader, even last year as a freshman,” Pacevich said. “She’s somebody the kids always look up to. When she’s out there, even the boys are amazed at how athletic she is. The times and distances and heights she puts in are impressive. She’s an all-around motivator for everybody.”

She’s also a good reason why her coach needs to document new school records in pencil, rather than pen.

NOTE: Lower’s Carrie Wunder, Coley Brooks, Naveah Bell and Sarah Whitten also set a program record at the Buena Relays, posting a time of 1:07.4 in the throwers 4x100, an event for athletes who normally compete in the discus, javelin and/or shot put.

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