LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell women’s track and field team kicked off its 2013-14 campaign on Saturday, hosting the Bison Opener at Gerhard Fieldhouse. The Bison, who were picked first in the Patriot League’s recently-released preseason poll, turned in four first place finishes and one new program top-10 mark in full-day competition.

“We learned a lot about our program during this early season meet,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “Although we had a nice number of great individual performances, we also found out about a few weaknesses that we will be addressing this week. The flu bug hit us hard over the past couple of days, affecting some people more than others. I am confident that we will show great improvement over the next couple of months.”

Allison Sharkey posted a top-10 time in the 300 meter dash, winning her heat in her first collegiate competition. The freshman turned in a time of 42.66, which making her the eighth fastest performer in program history. Sophomore Jenn Silvestri, who already owns a top-10 time in the event, also competed, finishing third with a time of 41.69.

Senior Beth Braunegg, senior Emily Ando, senior Alyssa Cardillo and freshman Carly Reiner all turned in first place finishes for the Bison over the course of the meet, highlighting many solid individual efforts for the squad. Braunegg earned the team’s lone track victory of the day, turning in a time of 5:04.09 to claim the top spot in the mile.  Ando finished in a four-way tie for first in the pole vault with a distance of 11- 3 ¾, while Cardillo led a one-two sweep for Bucknell in the long jump with a solid leap of 17-8. Reiner also triumphed in her first collegiate competition, taking the top spot in the triple jump with a 35-1 performance.

The Bison will resume competition after the holidays when they host the Bucknell Mini Meet on Saturday, Jan. 11.