Emily Sisson Breaks NCAA 5,000 Meter Indoor Record

Feb. 28, 2015


The Providence College men's and women's track teams completed day one of the 2015 BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Championships today (Saturday, Feb. 28) at the Armory in the Bronx, N.Y.

Graduate-student Emily Sisson (Chesterfield, Mo.) made history at the championships after defending her title in the 5,000 meters in an NCAA record breaking time of 15:12.22. The solo effort broke former Friar great and multiple NCAA Champion Kim Smith's record of 15:14.18.

Also in the 5,000 meters, junior Lauren Mullins (Binghamton, N.Y.) placed second in yet another personal best this season. Mullins crossed the line in a time of 16:20.86.

The Friars weren't finished there. Senior Shane Quinn (Waterford, Ireland) highlighted the men in the 5,000 meters after finishing second in a time of 14:19.35. Also in that race, senior Brian Doyle (Swansea, Mass.) placed sixth (14:26.43), while sophomore Trevor Crawley (Cumberland, R.I.) finished ninth in time of14:35.47.

Earlier in the evening, the middle-distance events saw three women advance to the final rounds to be held on day two (Mar. 1). Senior Taylor Corder (Corinth, Miss.) won her heat and finished in the top-six of the 500 meters (1:16.06) to advance to the final. Senior Cailtin Abelseth (Voorheesville, N.Y.) finished eighth (2:14.87) in the 800 meter heats to advance to day two, while fellow classmate Caile Kohlbrenner (Sparkill, N.Y.) finished second in her heat of the 1,000 meters (2:53.06) as an automatic qualifier for the final.

On the men's side, junior Julian Oakley (Tauranga, New Zealand) cruised to a first-place finish in his heat of the mile (4:18.47), earning an automatic bid to the final. Junior Christian Costello (Ridgewood, N.J.) also advanced to the final of the mile after finishing among the top-12 times (ninth) in 4:20.59.

At the end of the night, the distance medley relay (DMR) teams took to the track. Freshman Brianna Ilarda (Perth, Australia), senior Kelsey Dermody (Norton, Mass.), sophomore Emily Bushey (Vernon, N.J.) and senior Laura Nagel (Napier, New Zealand) were members of the women's DMR that placed second (11:28.54). For the men, Harvey Dixon (Aldershot, England), Aaron Hanlon (Drogheda, Ireland), James Campbell (Cumberland, Maine) and Kevin Olsen (Marlboro, N.J.) were members of the DMR that finished fourth in a time of 10:03.50.

The Friars will be back in action tomorrow (Mar. 1) for the final day of the championships.

-Go Friars-



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