Kingsway’s Allie Pierontoni continued her terrific freshman year at Monmouth Saturday when she ran the 5th-fastest 5,000 in Monmouth history.
Pierontoni, in her second collegiate track race, ran 17:40.98 at the Lafayette Open in Easton, Pa. She finished second to senior teammate Mackenzie Jones, who ran 17:32.02. Competing for Delaware, Jones ran 17:09.81 indoors two years ago at the Armory.
As for Pierontoni, she had only run one previous track 5,000, and that was as a Kingsway freshman, when she clocked 19:18.80 at the Rowan Open and placed second to teammate Alexis Mullarkey.
Pierontoni broke the Monmouth freshman class record of 18:03.98, set in 2007 by Meredith Malloy in a meet at Moravian University in Bethlehem.
Her time is fastest by any Monmouth runner for 5,000 meters in eight years, since Kelsey Maher from Jackson Memorial ran 17:33.86 at the 2013 Monmouth Season Opener in West Long Branch.
Here’s a look at Monmouth’s new all-time top-5:
- 17:06.46 … Jennifer Nelson [Barnegat], 2012 [NEC Championships, Emmitsburg, Md.]
- 17:28.94 … Maggie Hanlon [Toms River North], 2007 [Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic, Lewisburg, Pa.]
- 17:29.23 … Katina Alexander [Pleasantville], 2006 [Stanford Invitational, Palo Alto, Calif.]
- 17:33.86 … Kelsey Maher [Jackson Memorial], 2013 [Monmouth Season Opener, West Long Brancch]
- 17:40.98 … Allie Pierontoni [Kingsway], 2021 [Lafayette Open]
Pierontoni’s time is No. 3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference so far this year, behind Manhattan freshman Andria Scaglione [17:22.59] and Jones.
Last weekend, Pierontoni ran 4:42.56 for 1,500 meters. Earlier this month, she placed 6th in the MAAC XC Championships.