WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Christine Bendzinski and Sarah Chandler each broke a school record Friday on the second day of the Colonial Relays at William & Mary. Through two days, the Bison have tallied 42 points, good for second in the team standings.
Bucknell battled through rainy conditions, and waited through a two-hour tornado delay before resuming competition.
Bendzinski won the 5,000-meter race with a time of 16:37.23, slashing nearly 23 seconds off her personal-record. Her time beats the mark of 16:38.21 set by Kate Scott last season. Scott qualified for ECACs in the race with a time of 17:10.51.
Chandler broke a 15-year-old record in the 3,000m steeplechase. The senior finished fifth among 41 runners with an ECAC-qualifying time of 10:39.30, shaving 30 seconds off her personal best. Her time breaks the previous mark of 10:41.98 set by Chris Crowe in 2002.
Meg Sangimino, the Patriot League Female Field Athlete of the Week, won the javelin championship with a heave of 139-06. Rebecca Skovira finished fifth with a toss of 133-06, helping the Bison grab 14 points in the event.
Kaitlin Salisbury showed off her versatility, scoring in two events. The Patriot League Female Rookie of the Week scored for the Bison in the long jump championship, taking fifth with a leap of 18-0 ½. In the 100m, she finished ninth with a time of 12.40.
"Many of our ladies handled the bad weather and delays very well and a few had a rough time," said head coach Kevin Donner. "Overall, it was a nice day as we sit in second-place with a chance to win the meet. Nice to get a couple of wins with Sangimino in the javelin on the last throw and Bendzinski in the 5k. School records by Chandler in the steeple and Bendzinski in the 5k added to a nice day."
The Colonial Relays will conclude on Saturday. The meet will resume with the pole vault ay 9 a.m.