LEWISBURG, Pa. – Five different Bison earned first-places finishes on Saturday, highlighting a strong performance by the Bucknell women’s track and field team in its return to competition after a five-week hiatus for final exams and the holidays. The team hosted student-athletes from Bloomsburg, Georgian Court University, Gwynedd Mercy College, Hagerstown Community College, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Mount St. Mary’s and York College in the non-scored Bucknell Mini Meet, resuming the indoor track and field season with the one-day meet in Gerhard Fieldhouse.
“I was very pleased with our performances considering the long gap that we had between meets due to the holiday break,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “I can tell that our athletes worked out on their own over the break, and now we have 14 full days to train before our next meet. Today’s competition was a great rust buster.”
The sprinters turned in several quick performances over the course of the day, headlined by strong showings in the 200 meter dash and the 300 meter dash. Junior Kim Nagotko, the school record holder in the 200, finished first at the Mini Meet with a time of 25.72, while senior Jennifer Zymet (41.07), sophomore Jenn Silvestri (42.11) and freshman Allison Sharkey (42.53) claimed second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 300. Sharkey’s time improved upon the program top-ten mark that she ran at the Bison Opener in December, and the rookie currently ranks as the eighth fastest performer in the event in school history.
Bucknell also experienced considerable success in the distance events, paced by a sweep of the top places in both the one mile run and the 3000 meter run. Sophomore Alison Billas raced to the top spot in the mile, finishing in 5:12.57, while junior Montana DiPietrantonio (5:14.84) and freshman Sarah Chandler (5:15.04) followed close behind in second and third. Sophomore Deanna Godby’s winning time of 10:21.13 in the longer event led a field dominated by Bison, as Bucknell runners claimed the top nine spots.
Field athletes had their share of the spotlight as well, as Bucknell earned two first-place finishes in the first events of the day. Sophomore Devon McDonald claimed the top spot in the high jump with a leap of 5-03.00, while freshman Carly Reiner’s 34-04.75 distance in the triple jump earned her top honors as well.
Bucknell will take another two-week break from competition, returning to action on Saturday, Jan. 25 for the Gulden Invitational. The Bison will host the annual meet at Gerhard Fieldhouse, and action is set to begin at 10 a.m.