UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Freshman Tiara Tardy ran her way to victory in the 800 meters against some of the top teams on the East Coast on Saturday at Penn State’s Nittany Lion Challenge.
Tardy recorded her first win of the year in the 800 when she paced to the finish line in a time 2:14.73, beating her nearest competitor by 34 one-hundredths of a second. She was the only Bison athlete to win an event on the day in a highly competitive meet.
Freshman Jennifer Dietrich took care of business in the 400-meter dash by clocking in a personal best 57.53 split in a fifth-place finish. Gianna Mincone clocked a 2:57.09 1000 meters. She set a new personal best by almost six seconds.
Jenna Farmer also competed in the 800 alongside her teammate Tardy and finished fourth in 2:15.48.
The Bison had some strong performances from some of their field athletes as well. In the shot put, it was Delia Sipe leading the way for Bucknell. She finished in the top eight with a throw of 42-08 ¼. Lauren Hudson got in on the action in the high jump, clearing 5-04 ½ to place fourth.
Sophomore Kaitlin Salisbury finished sixth in the long jump (18-01 ¾), and Molly Montalvo rounded out the top performers for the Bison by placing eighth in the 20lb weight throw with a toss of 52-05 ¼.
"This was a very competitive meet with some of the top schools in the east. Overall, I was pretty pleased with the majority of our athletes and how they handled the pressue. It definitely seperated our team a bit as we get closer to making decisions about our league lineup. Most of our athletes are a bit tired because of week two of our winter training camp. We should see a nice improvement next week at the Gulden Invitational when we get back into our routine of one workout each day.", Head coach Kevin Donner said.
The Bison will be back in action on Jan. 20 when they host the Gulden Invitational, their third of five indoor home meets this season at Gerhard Fieldhouse.