North Shore's Samantha Nadel, right, leads Emily Lipari in a...

North Shore's Samantha Nadel, right, leads Emily Lipari in a race last year. (Feb. 24, 2010) Credit: Richard Slattery

It was another day and another record for North Shore's Samantha Nadel.

The mark she set Saturday is one that could stand for a very long time.

The junior distance runner set the Long Island record in the indoor 3,000, taking first in 9:41.36 at the Molloy Stanner games at the Armory.

Nadel finished ahead of Ward Melville's Mary Kate Anselmini, who took second in a Suffolk County record time of 9:48.

Nadel topped the previous mark of 9:42.2, set by Mepham's Christine Curtin in 1982. Her mark also broke the Armory record of 9:42.55, set by Saratoga High School's Lindy Ferguson in 2006.

"It thought right from beginning I could run in the 9:40s," Nadel said. "I've been really good and strong and I've been hitting my splits."

It was the second of two great efforts over the last three days for Nadel, who set a career and school mark in the mile on Thursday at the Millrose Games trials, finishing second in 4:50.93.

Nadel knew she ran a great 3,000, but didn't have any idea it was a Long Island record. She didn't hear it was a record until she was on her way home.

"I thought it was just an Armory record," Nadel said. "My coach just told me."

Nadel will compete in the girl's invitational mile at Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28.

"I'm really excited for that," Nadel said of the Millrose Games. "Being able to go out and compete against all of those runners will be great."

North Shore coach Neal Levy had no doubts Nadel would excel Saturday.

"I thought 9:40 was a good possibility," Levy said, citing her time at the Millrose Games trials. "Week after week she's been getting better and she's running in a business-like manner with control and poise."

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