Buena grad Kristin Siegle continues monster season, smashes Rider 1,500 school record!!!

Photo courtesy Rider Sports Information Department.

Kristin Siegle, a Rider senior from Buena, continued her hot racing streak Sunday with a massive 1,500 PR and another school record at the Monmouth Spring Invitational in West Long Branch.

Siegle, who raced to a 3-second 800 PR last weekend with a school-record 2:10.83, ran a 6-second 1,500 PR Sunday, crossing the line in 4:28.75.

She broke the school record of 4:28.76, set by Emily Ritter at the 2014 Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton.

Her previous PR was a 4:34.78 earlier this month in a meet at Rider. Before that it was 4:39.94 from a meet in the spring of 2019 at William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

That means she’s lowered her 1,500 PR by more than 11 seconds this month.

A 4:28.75 is the equivalent of a 4:48.56 for 1,600 meters or a 4:50.25 full mile. Her mile PR is 4:55.34 from the ECAC Championships indoors in Boston in March of 2020, her last race for a year.

With two laps to go, Siegle, Monmouth’s Katie Locker and Siena’s Morgan Serkes were all together, all coming through 700 meters in 2:09-point. But Siegle closed in 70.8 and 68.6 for a final 800 of 2:19.4 – faster than she ever ran for 800 meters until her junior year at Monmouth.

Locker, a graduate of Elizabethtown (Pa.) Area, finished second with a huge PR of her own at 4:33.89 and Serkes was third at 4:35.02.

Siegle’s time is No. 3 this year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, behind two Iona grad students – Gemma Nuttall [4:23.68] and Kaitlyn Ohrtman [4:26.65].

To get a sense for how much Siegle has improved, her high school PRs were 2:20.03 for 800 meters – she ran that at the state Group 2 meet at South Plainfield in 2015 – and 5:15.98 for 1,600 meters, which she ran at the 2014 Cape-Atlantic Championships at Egg Harbor, when she placed second to Bridget Flynn of Ocean City.

Siegle has now cut her 1,600 equivalent PR nearly half a minute since high school!

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In an earlier version of this story, I had Siegle attending Monmouth. I know she goes to Rider! It was a mistake. I try not to make very many but we all make some, last I checked. I apologize to Kristin and the Rider and Monmouth programs and everybody else in New Jersey! 🤦

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