LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell women’s track and field team wrapped up competition at the Bison Outdoor Classic with some impressive performances on Sunday at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.
"It was a pretty good Sunday after a fantastic Saturday," head coach Kevin Donner said. "We handled the cold weather extremely well, which willl make us a bit tougher in the near future. We had lots of top eight finishes, but we still have a ways to go if we want to compete for a league title."
In the 4x400 relay, the Bison closed out the meet with a second-place finish. The foursome of Rebecca Rooney, Emily Ryan, Gianna Mincone and Tiara Tardy earned the best finish of the day for Bucknell by crossing the line second with a time of 4:01.26, behind only Duquesne's 3:56.85.
One of the individual highlights for Bucknell came in the 800-meter run, where the freshman Tardy placed fourth out of 128 runners with a time of 2:13.08. She crossed the finish line behind only NAIA national champion Anna Shields (2:07.76) of Point Park, who currently has the 45th fastest time in the nation, Lehigh's Brooke Schaeffer (2:11.98), and Cornell's Christina Welzer (2:13:08). Mincone set a personal best and finished 15th by clocking in at 2:15.74.
In the 100-meter high hurdles, senior Kafilat Oladiran was impressive. Oladiran crossed the line in sixth place with a time of 14.75, just a fraction slower than the 14.45 she ran at last weekend’s Virginia Quad. Janiel Slowly (13th, 15.68) and Cayleigh Glew (28th, 16.74) rounded out a solid high hurdles contingent. Bucknell's top finisher in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles was Alison Varano, who took 9th in 1:05.24. Katie Sabatino was 13th in 1:06.32.
Bucknell also got some major contributions from their 4x100 relay team, which included Oladiran, Carli Lucke, Taylor Kennedy, and Kaitlin Salisbury. The group placed fourth in 48.47. In the open 100 meters, Salisbury (7th, 12.49) and Lucke (9th, 12.60) both earned top-10 finishes. Placing in the top 20 were Oladiran (15th, 12.674) and Kennedy (16th, 12.677), who were separated by just .003 seconds. Lucke was the team's top finisher in the 200-meter dash, placing 16th in 26.46. Emily Ryan was two spots back with a time of 26.49.
In the 400-meter run, Jennifer Dietrich, Natalie Waterhouse, Rebecca Rooney, and Shaylyn Fahey all performed well. Dietrich, who was competing in her third career outdoor meet, excelled under the bright lights by placing fourth in a field of 49 runners with a time of 59.72. Waterhouse (11th, 58.88), Rooney (14th, 59.27), and Fahey (26th, 1:00.65) rounded out the event.
Madeleine Hunt, Dietrich, Sabatino and Waterhouse finished sixth in the 4x800 relay in a time 9:41.85.
Over in the throws, Molly Montalvo finished in the top-10 in the hammer throw for a third-consecutive week. The Greenville, Pennsylvania, native finished in seventh place with a toss of 166-2. Delia Sipe (40-11) and Ella Schultz (40-3 ¼) earned top-20 finishes -- 17th and 20th -- in the shot put.
Next up for the Bison will be the Bucknell Team Challenge on Saturday, April 21.