Triton College distance runner earns spot in National Championships
It was a milestone day for the re-launched Triton College Track and Field program on March 29 at the North Park University Invitational in Chicago, as sophomore distance runner Miriama Kisiel qualified for nationals by meeting the standard time in the 1500-meter run.
The Schiller Park native and Westmont High School graduate, in just her second race, finished with a time of 5:38.08 in the 1500-meter run to claim a place at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Outdoor Track and Field Division III National Championships on May 8-10 in Utica, N.Y. The national standard to meet is 5:38.51.
The 2014 season is the first time that Triton has fielded an intercollegiate track and field team in more than 20 years. Kisiel is one of eight women on this year's squad and is the first athlete on either the men's or women's side to punch their ticket to New York.
"I would like to thank Coach Jeremy Ruston and Coach Nick Schneigert for this wonderful opportunity and experience," said the 26-year-old non-traditional student athlete, who is married with two children. "Their wisdom, experience, discipline, and structure has developed me into a successful athlete. I look forward to representing Triton College at the National Championships."
With more hard work, Kisiel has a good shot at qualifying for nationals in two more events: the 4X800 meter relay and the 5000-meter run with five more meets remaining before the national championships.
In the classroom, Kisiel is just as successful, earning Academic All-N4C Conference honors with a 3.4 GPA during the fall 2013 semester. After Triton, she plans on becoming an elementary education teacher and would like to continue with track and field at a four-year college or university.
For more information on Triton College Athletics, visit www.triton.edu/athletics or call Athletic Director Harry McGinnis at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3784.