Lewisburg, Pa. – The Bucknell women’s track and field team won five events, and Kaitlin Salisbury qualified for ECAC’s en route to the Bison winning the team title at the Gulden Invitational on Saturday at Gerhard Fieldhouse.
Salisbury took care of business in the long jump, clearing 18-9 ¼ to finish first in the event. Her leap qualified her for ECAC’s. After taking first in the 60m in prelims with a split of 7.81, Salisbury would go on to finish fourth in a field of eight competitors in the finals with a time of 7.83. She also earned field MVP honors for her performances.
“I was very pleased with how the women’s team performed today. It looks like our technical events are starting to develop after the long break, and it was good to be in a scored meet. Our depth has enabled us to win meets handily. We do need to get some of our hurt people back in the next week or two if we want to be ready at leagues,” Head Coach Kevin Donner said.
Jenna Farmer won the mile with a time of 5:00.53 and qualified for ECAC. It was the first time in her career that she had run the mile. Also scoring in the race for the Bison was Colleen Buckley, who finished second and earned her team eight points by clocking in at 5:04.14. Jennifer Dietrich continues to make an impact in her rookie season. Dietrich picked up a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash running a 57.89 split, and also placed second in the 200-meter by pacing in at 26.23 seconds. For her efforts she was awarded the running MVP of the meet.
In the 4X800 relay, a team of Christine Bendzinski, Jenna Farmer, Lauren Hazzard, and Gianna Mincone beat the field by almost five seconds clocking in at 9:23.36 and qualified for ECAC’s. Molly Montalvo qualified for ECAC's in the 20 lb. weight throw with a toss of 54-1 ¾ and finished second in the event. Lauren Hudson hit a season-best mark in the high jump and finished in first-place,clearing 5-5 ¾.
Tiara Tardy and Natalie Waterhouse scored for the Bison in the 800m, taking second and third, respectively. Tardy teamed up along with Carli Lucke, Rebecca Rooney, and Jennifer Dietrich in the 4X400m relay, crossing the finish line first with a time of 3:57.10.
In the 3,000m race, Payton Capes, Madeleine Hunt, and Sarah Christian each scored in the event to add to the Bison total. Hazzard, Emma Cousins, and Emma Dolen placed fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively, in the 1,000m run.
A group of Bison will travel back to compete in the Penn State National Invitational, while another group will remain in Lewisburg to host the Bison Open. Both meets are set for Jan. 26-27.