Monster 800 race Friday by Estelle Manor native Kristin Siegle, who — get this — has now lowered her indoor 800 PR by seven seconds in the span of two weeks.
Siegle, a Rider senior, ran a scorching 2:13.90 to place third out of 69 runners at the UAlbany Winter Classic at Ocean Breeze.
Until two weeks ago, Siegle’s indoor 800 PR was 2:20.89 from a Rider-TCNJ dual meet at Lavino Fieldhouse in Lawrenceville her freshman year.
She lowered that to 2:15.28 at the Gotham Cup at Ocean Breeze last month before her breakthrough race on Friday. Her outdoor PR is 2:17.90 from the prelims of the Metro Atlantic Conference Championships this past spring at West Long Branch.
Siegle finished behind only Stony Brook’s Holly Manning (2:12.06) and Monroe College’s Faten Laribi (2:13.65).
The improvement Siegle has shown is remarkable.
At Buena, she ran 2:27.39 indoors and 2:20.03 outdoors and had 1,600 PRs of 5:15.98 outdoors and 5:23.16 indoors.
She’s now shattered PRs in both the 800 and mile (4:55.34) this season.
Her 800 time Friday moved her from No. 4 into the No. 2 spot on the all-time Rider indoor list, behind only former teammate Tony Brewer of Bensalem, who ran 2:12.71 in 2018. Among those that she passed on that list was Marlton active and Holy Cross graduate Maddie Hummel, who ran 2:14.64 in 2013 (after never running the 800 in high school).
The 4:55 moved Siegle up to No. 2 in the mile, behind only Emily Ritter of Sussex Tech in Delaware, who ran 4:44.33 in 2015.
She’s also No. 2 in the MAC so far this season, behind only Meghan Curtin of Quinnipiac, who has a 2:13.79 to her credit this winter. She’s No. 3 in the MAC in the mile.