Signoretti fifth at NON

Brosovan (Fla.) and Haile (Md.) win 5Ks

By Christopher Hunt

Giovanni Signoretti knows where his future in running lies – in longer distance. So he figured he’d start now.

“The shorter the distance,” he said, “I just get killed.”

In that case, he did the smart thing in running the 5,000 meters at the Nike Outdoor Nationals. Signoretti, in his last time wearing a Smithtown West jersey, finished fifth in 15:05.22 to earn all-American honors at Aggie Stadium at North Carolina A & T University. Solomon Haile of Silver Spring, Md., won while tying the meet record in 14:38.23.

“All-American in my last race, I can’t be much happier with that,” Signoretti said.

The Iona College-bound Signoretti spent much of the race in fifth, with Queensbury’s Matt Flint behind him. Flint began to fade with 1,000 meters left and finished 15th in 15:30.72. Signoretti moved into fourth and held position until the last 100 meters when Forrest Misent (Haddam, Conn.) zipped by on the home stretch.

“I didn’t want to know my splits at all,” Signoretti said. “I just wanted to get in a pack and run. If I started hearing my splits I know I would either get worried it’s too fast and slow down or think it’s too slow and speed up too fast. I actually got in a pretty good pack so that was good.”

He chuckled about not being able to find another gear coming home which further proved that he’s likely to keep moving up in distance in college. Iona assistant coach Jake Stewart was watching from the stands.

“This is hopefully going to feel like a 2-mile for me in a couple years,” Signoretti said. “Then the 10K will hopefully feel like a short 5K to me.”

The 5,000 was the only event held Thursday night outside of the Fastest Kid in Greensboro 100-meter trials. Ashley Brosovan, a junior from Wellington High in Florida, crushed the meet record, winning in 16:18.91. Her time is the sixth-fastest in United States history.

Brasovan, who could sit in any middle school classroom unnoticed, said she went into the race eyeing the meet record and even the national record (15:52.88 set in 2004 by Caitlin Chock of Granite Bay, Calif.). But clipping off lap after lap with no one in contention began to tax her.

“I started feeling the wind pushing back against me,” she said. “I wished their was a tall girl there in front of me.”
Brasovan said she barely dipped into any speed work so far this season after being hampered by a leg injury. She is also entered in the 2-mile Friday night but didn’t commit to competing.

“I’ll see how I feel tomorrow,” she said.

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