Feb. 17, 2014
Siena Cross Country freshman Kelly Pasko ran to a ninth place finish at the Junior Women's National 6K race Saturday in Boulder, Colo. By virtue of her top-10 finish, Pasko was named a Junior All-American.
"I am extremely proud of how Kelly performed," said head coach John Kenworthy who accompanied Pasko to Colorado. "She brought her `A-game' to the big stage with tough conditions and this experience is only going to help her become better prepared and more competitive when we return to action next fall."
A native of Casleton, N.Y., Pasko ran the 6K course in a time of 23:12. The event, which is the National Championship for Cross Country, featured 39 of some of the best high school runners and collegiate freshmen in the nation battling a course elevation of over 5,000 feet.
Pasko's race cemented a solid season for the freshman. During the fall she was amongst the Saints top finishers in every race and posted the third fastest time in program history with a time of 23:00 in the NCAA Regionals 6K race at Van Cortlandt Park.
"With the winter we've had this year, for Kelly to get outside several times a day running 60 miles per week and squeezing quality workouts in between snowstorms, she is obviously making it happy," added Kenworthy. "It just goes to show that hard work pays off and anything is possible if you make it a priority. I hope this can be a message that we've got big things going on with this program and hopefully this will begin a long tradition of All-Americans at this meet for Siena College."