LEWISBURG, Pa. – Competition in the 2014 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships continued at Gerhard Fieldhouse on Saturday, with points being awarded in the long jump, high jump, weight throw, 5000 and 4x800m relay. The Bucknell women’s track and field team scored in four of the five events contested on the second day of the conference meet, but its top finish came from the team of senior Emily Waksmunski, junior Kylie Pearse, freshman Seline Tan Torres and senior Hana Casalnova, which finished in the runner-up spot in the 4x800 relay, earning second team All-Patriot League honors.
The Bison sit in fourth place in the team standings through the first six events, having compiled 25 points, but things are sure to change drastically on Sunday, as there are 14 finals on the docket for the final day of the meet. Lehigh is currently leading the pack with 66 points, while newcomer Boston University (42) and Navy (37) round out the top three.
Senior Alyssa Cardillo was Bucknell’s first medal winner of this year’s championships, finishing third in the long jump with a season-best mark of 18-01.75. Four Bison finished in scoring position in the high jump, led by Emily Ando’s fifth-place effort. The senior, who competed in the event for the first time this season, cleared a height of 5-03.00 to pick up four of the team’s seven points. Sophomore Megan Kirk also surpassed 5-03.00, finishing seventh, while senior Laura Lutzker and sophomore Devon McDonald split the eighth place point, clearing 5-01.00.
The 5000 and 4x800 relay were the only finals contested on the track on Saturday, and Bucknell picked up valuable points in both events. Freshman Catherine Scott raced to sixth place in her first Patriot League Championship event, turning in a time of 17:31.39, while junior Montana DiPietrantonio crossed the finish line in a season-best 17:34.49, claiming the eighth spot and qualifying for the ECAC championships.
The Bison turned in their best finish of the day in the final event, as Waksmunski, Pearse, Tan Torres and Casalnova combined for an ECAC qualifying time of 9:05.48 in the 4x800, finishing just over a second behind first-place Lehigh and over four seconds ahead of third-place Holy Cross. All four runners earned second-team All-Patriot League honors for their performance, giving Pearse and Tan Torres their first All-League accolades. Casalnova earned first team honors in 2012 and was a member of the second team in 2012 and 2013, while Waksmunski raced to a spot on the second team last year.
Prelims and semifinals in several of the sprint events were also conducted on Saturday, and two Bison are set to represent the program in the finals on Sunday. Junior Kim Nagotko will compete in both the 60m and 200m, earning the seventh seed with her time of 7.85 in the semis of the shorter race and claiming the fifth seed in the longer event with a season-best time of 25.05. Sophomore Jenn Silvestri also raced her way through the prelims and semifinals of the 60m hurdles, entering Sunday’s final as the third seed. Her time of 8.91 in the semis is a personal-best and makes her the fourth-best performer in program history in the event.
The third day of competition in the Patriot League Championships will feature finals in the pole vault, triple jump, shot put, 60m hurdles, 60m, 200m, 400m, 500m, 800m, 1000m, mile, 3000m, distance medley and 4x400. Action at Gerhard Fieldhouse is set to begin at 10:00 a.m., and the team champions will be crowned in an awards ceremony at 5 p.m.
TEAM STANDINGS (through six events)
1. Lehigh – 66
2. Boston University – 42
3. Navy – 37
4. Bucknell – 25
5. Army – 18
6. Holy Cross – 17
7. Lafayette – 16
8. Loyola – 8
9. Colgate – 3
10. American – 2
- 5th in high jump (5-03.00)
- 15th in 5000 (18:05.84)
- 17th in weight throw (40-06.00)
- 3rd in long jump (18-01.75)
- 8th in 5000 (17:34.49)
- 12th in 5000 (17:55.39)
- 17th in 60mH (9.81)
- 13th in 5000 (18:01.15)
- 7th in high jump (5-03.00)
- 17th in long jump (16-01.75)
- 18th in prelims of 200 (26.38)
- 14th in weight throw (43-01.50)
- T8th in high jump (5-01.00)
- T8th in high jump (5-01.00)
- 9th in long jump (17-04.75)
- 5th in prelims of 60m (7.83)
- 7th in semis of 60m (7.85)
- 5th in prelims of 200 (25.05)
- 10th in weight throw (46-09.00)
- 12th in prelims of 60m (8.02)
- 13th in semis of 60m (8.05)
- 6th in 5000 (17:31.39)
- 5th in prelims of 60mH (9.02)
- 3rd in semis of 60mH (8.91)
- 11th in prelims of 200 (25.63)
4x800 relay – Emily Waksmunski, Kylie Pearse, Seline Tan Torres, Hana Casalnova
- 2nd (9:05.48)