Lewisburg, Pa. – At the conclusion of day one at the Patriot League Indoor Championships on Saturday at Gerhard Fieldhouse, the Bucknell women’s track and field team sits in first place with 46 points, ahead of both Navy (40), and Army West Point (38).
Colleen Buckley beat the field by almost six-seconds and placed first in the 5,000-meter run. With her outstanding performance, she moved up to second, behind Kate Scott (16:47.79) on the all-time list. Margaret Thomson (17:30.47, sixth) and (17:33.73, eighth) produced four points for the Bison. In the field events, Molly Montalvo earned six enormous points for Bucknell in the 20 lb. weight throw with a top-10 mark of 57-2 and won a bronze medal. She passed Sophia Nnadi (54-3 ¾), Sarah Bella (54-11 ¼), Amanda Mockbee (54-11 ½), and Abby Monaghan (56-5 ¾) to take sole possession of third place on the all-time-top-10 list.
A 4x800 relay team of Jenna Farmer, Gianna Mincone, Tiara Tardy, and Christine Bendzinski took the top spot with a top-10 program mark of 8.55.57. The foursome currently sits in fourth on the all-time list.
Alexis Auman helped lead the Bison to a hot start in the pentathlon, finishing third in a field of 13 athletes and earning a bronze medal with 3,254 points. She posted a second-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 17-8 ¾, while placing in the top-eight in the 800m (fifth, 2:31.66), shot put (eighth, 28-6 ½), high jump (fourth, 4-11 ½) and 60-meter hurdles (sixth, 9.37).
Harper Stewart added to the team score, placing seventh with 3,184 points, which is also a top-10 program effort. She recorded a personal-best in the 60-meter hurdles (9.69), shot put 29-8, and long jump (16-6). Gillian Morrison of Boston University won the event, tallying 3,556 points.
Moving back to the track, Kafilat Oladiran broke a school record in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing second in 8.68 seconds. Her previous record in the event was 8.69, which she ran at last weekend’s Bucknell Tune-Up.
Senior Alexa DiGregorio had the top finish among Bison field event participants, coming in second in the long jump with a leap of 18-10 ¾. Digregorio vaulted into a tie for third with teammate Kaitlin Salisbury who jumped the same distance at last year’s Patriot League Championships. Kaitlin Salisbury qualified for Sunday’s final in the 60, taking second in her heat, and finishing with the second-fastest time in the prelims, 7.66.
The Patriot League Indoor Championships will conclude on Sunday with points in 14 events up for grabs. The final day will stream on the Patriot League Network.