As far as we can tell, Cornell junior Kaitlyn Bonnet hadn’t run a mile since high school. She’s generally a half-miler, although she has moved up to the 1,000 on a few occasions.
On Saturday, Bonnet ran her first college mile, and it was a doozy. In the Sykes & Sabock Invitational at Penn State’s Ashenfelter Indoor Track, Bonnet ran 4:57.32, closing in 71.3.
Bonnet negative split, out in 2:31.9 and back in 2:25.4.
Bonnet finished one spot ahead of another South Jersey alum, Penn junior Alyssa Condell from Timber Creek, who ran 5:00.41.
Bonnet did run XC for Haddonfield, but as far as we can tell from the MileSplit database, it was Bonnet’s first race on the track over 1,000 meters since the spring of 2017, when she was a senior at Haddonfield.
It’s been six years since she set her PR of 5:05.23 at the state Group 2 meet. She set her indoor PR of 5:10.68 at indoor sectionals in the winter of 2017.
For Condell, the 5:00.41 is an indoor mile PR and an overall collegiate PR. She ran 5:01.41 last winter in a Harvard-Penn dual meet in Cambridge, Mass. She ran 4:57.39 outdoors in high school for 1,600 meters, which equals about a 4:59.1 full mile.
Bonnet specializes in shorter races, and Condell in longer ones. She ran 16:56.36 last spring for 5,000 meters on the track and has run as fast as 9:46.28 for 3,000 meters indoors, the equivalent of about a 10:33 two-mile.