CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Kaitlin Salisbury broke the school record in the 100-meter dash, becoming the first Bison to break the 12-second barrier, Christine Bendzinski and Maura Fiamoncini both won events, and the Bucknell women's track & field team performed very well at a quadrangular meet hosted by Virginia on Friday. Behind 28 point-scorers, the Bison defeated Georgetown 88-38, tied Maryland 67-67, and fell to Virginia 77-59.
Salisbury crossed the finish line in the 100-meter dash in 11.84 seconds, which was good for a second-place finish in the event behind Georgetown's Taylor Williams (11.70). Salisbury broke Kim Nagotko's five-year-old school record of 12.05 seconds. Carli Lucke also set a personal best with a time of 12.12, which is tied for sixth-fastest in school history. She finished in fifth place in the event. Salisbury also went 19-0 3/4 in a fifth-place finish in the long jump.
Bendzinski took the top spot in the 1,500 meters in 4:29.49, beating out Aleta Looker of Georgetown (4:32.40) by over three seconds. Fiamoncini won the javelin throw for a second-consecutive week. After shattering the Bucknell javelin record with a throw of 184-5 at last weekend's Jim Taylor Invitational, she recored a toss of 168-5 to beat out Caitlin Mautz (157-5) of Virginia by over 10 feet.
In the discus, Bucknell finished 3-4-5-6 and scored some major points. Delia Sipe (3rd, 133-4), Brianna Tutuska (4th, 130-2), Daija Misler (5th, 117-10) and Danielle Line (6th, 111-5) all had good throws.
In addition to Fiamoncini, a number of other freshmen had goot meets for the Bison. Rookie Alexandra Butz finished third in the pole vault, clearing 10-4, while Sipe placed fourth in the shot put with a toss of 41-1 in addition to her third-place showing in the discus. Other first-year athletes who were impressive include Misler (7th, 37-6) in the shot put and discus, and Taylor Oxley, who tossed the javelin 132-4 feet to finish fifth. Junior Kasey Getkin finished third in the same event with a throw of 135-5.
In the 800-meter run, freshman Tiara Tardy (2:13.26) and sophomore Gianna Mincone (2:16.24) placed 2-3. The hurdlers also had some quality outings, as Kafilat Oladiran placed-sixth (14.45) in the 100-meter high hurdles, while Alison Varano (6th, 1:05.88) and Katie Sabatino (7th, 1:06.40) placed 6-7 in the 400-meter intermediates. Oladiran's time was a personal best, and she moved up from ninth to fourth on Bucknell's all-time list.
Junior Lauren Hazzard (2nd, 7:11.81) and freshman Payton Capes (3rd, 7:17.82) finished second and third in the 2,000m steeplechase. Chloe Brown was runner-up in the pole vault, clearing 10-10, one spot ahead of teammate Butz.
"I thought our women's team performed very well," head coach Kevin Donner said. "To tie Maryland and beat Georgetown shows that we have a balanced team. The performances were very strong. The wind made things tough in the oval events but really helped in the field events and straightaways. UVA has a national caliber type program, however we had some athletes beat some of their athletes, which should give us confidence going into the next few weeks."
BALTIMORE, Md. - Bucknell also sent a contingent to the Loyola-Hopkins Invitational on Friday and accumulated 68 points to finish in sixth place. Freshman Madeleine Hunt turned in one of the highlights of the day when she won the 5,000 meters.
Hunt beat out nine other runners to take the top spot in the 5K with a personal-best 17:51.91. Christine O'Kane (2nd, 18:16.27) and Sara Christian (3rd, 18:26.18) had solid performances as well to help the Bison finish 1-2-3.
Bucknell had 10 athletes score in the meet. In the high jump, Lauren Hudson (4th, 5-3) and Sydney Contrino (5th, 5-1). Rounding out a solid day in the jumps was Janiel Slowly, who placed seventh in the long jump, leaping 17-00 1/2.
Throwers Jenna Phillips and Katie Wisotsky put up strong displays in the shot put, hammer throw, and discus throw. Phillips set a new personal record in the shot put (36-08 1/4) and finished in the top five for the second time this season. She also finished fifth at the Jim Taylor Invite in the same event. Wisotsky placed fourth in the discus (123-05), and eighth in the hammer (127-01). Freshman Ivy Prince topped off the scorers for the Bison placing 10th in the javelin throw.
In the 100-meter dash, freshman Olivia Florio took eighth with a time of 13.30 to earn a point for the Bison. Veteran Lindsay Schafer also earned a point for the Bison by finishing eighth in the 1,500 meters while setting a new personal best (4:49.51) by five seconds. Freshman Ashley Blair took third in the same event with a time of 4:42.75. The Bison saw other solid outings from Slowly (5th, 100H, 16.59), and Makenna Cerney (7th, 400H, 1:08.05) in the hurdles.
The Bison are back in action Apr. 14-15 when they compete in the Bison Outdoor Classic. The meet will be streamed live on FloTrack.