What a race today by Kristin Siegle!
The Rider grad student, a graduate of Buena, won the 1,500 at a five-team meet in Lawrenceville Saturday with a personal-best of 4:34.78.
That’s No. 4 in Rider history and fastest in five years, since Steph Welte ran 4:31.64 in 2016 at IC4A’s in Princeton. It’s also fastest in the Metro Atlantic Athletic League so far this year.
Siegle ran unpressed, winning by about 50 meters over Siena’s Morgan Serkes. A group of eight was together when the field came through the first 300, but Siegle blew the race open with a 72.8-second second lap, which gave her a 15-meter lead over second-place Mia Pestle of Quinnipiac with 800 to go.
After a 72.5-second lap, she led by 40 meters at the bell before cruising in with a 75.4. Serkes ran 4:43.53 for second
Siegle had a previous 1,500 PR of 4:39.94. She ran a mile PR of 4:55.34 from her last race on the track, the trials of the 2020 indoor ECAC meet in Boston.
Saturday was her first outdoor race since she ran a 4:43.58 at Swarthmore in May of 2019.
Siegle is an incredible story of persistence and determination. She had a high school PR of 5:15.98 from sophomore year at the 2014 Cape Atlantic Championships at Egg Harbor – she finished six seconds behind Ocean City’s Bridget Flynn. She ran 5:24 as a junior and 5:28 as a senior. Then she ran 5:18 her freshman year at Rider and didn’t break 5:30 as a sophomore.
But she got down to 5:06 in 2019 and then ran 4:55 outdoors in 2019 and 2:13 indoors last year. And after a 13-month layoff, she wins a 1,500 against a solid field.