Buena graduate Kristin Siegle turned in a tremendous breakthrough race at Paul Short Saturday, placing 10th in the “Women’s Brown” race.
Siegle, a senior at Rider, ran 21:22.4 for on the 6,000-meter course through the cornfields of Lehigh’s Lower Campus in Bethlehem, finishing just five seconds out of fourth place in a field of 368 runners.
Siegle’s previous PR at 6,000 meters according to the college track and XC data base TFRRS, was 23:19.7 in a meet at Princeton last October. In her only previous race at Paul Short, she ran 24:33.7 in 2016 and placed 301st.
So she improved 291 places and more than three minutes!
THIS is why we love cross country! If you keep working, good things will happen!
Siegle has now PR’d in all three of her XC races this fall.
She ran 18:41.1 at Sienna in her season opener, breaking her 5,000 all-course record of 18:59.30 from last year, also at Siena. Then she lowered that to 18:36.1 two weeks ago in a meet at Monmouth.
“Siegle has been outstanding for us and she continued that today,” said Rider coach Bob Hamer, the 1989 Pennsylvania state XC champion at Council Rock in Newtown and a Big 10 Conference 5,000-meter champ for Penn State. “She is on a completely different level right now and we are very excited about the remainder of the season.”