Shawnee grad Kara Bonner from Lehigh runs PR 4:55 mile at Patriot Conference Championships!!!!!

Shawnee graduate Kara Bonner ran a personal-best 4:55.27 mile Sunday at the Patriot Conference Championships at Bucknell.

Bonner, a Lehigh senior, placed 7th in the mile final after running 4:59.21 in Saturday’s trials. Bonner had a PR of 5:05.41 until earlier this month when she ran 4:55.86 on the banked 200-meter oval at the Armory.

Her 4:55.27 Sunday came on a flat, slow track at Bucknell’s Gerhard Fieldhouse.

Bonner was out in 73.38, 2:29.04 and 3:43.52 but closed in 71.76 for her final 400 and 35.09 for her final 200.

Unfortunately, Lehigh is one of the few schools that doesn’t have a top-10 list on its web site. 

I did look through year-by-year results and can tell you Bonner’s time is Lehigh’s 3rd-fastest over the past decade, behind only Clare Severe, who ran 4:45.41 at Boston University in 2019, and Maura Henderson, who ran 4:53.32 in 2017 at Ocean Breeze.

Bonner also ran a 2:15.04 leadoff on Lehigh’s winning 3,200-meter relay team, which set a meet and facility record of 8:50.37. 

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