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Courtesy: Marc Hagemeier
Second-Place Finish in 4x400 Lifts Bucknell into Third Place at PL Championships
Release:   02/23/2014

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Competition in the 2014 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships concluded at Gerhard Fieldhouse on Sunday, and the Bucknell women’s track and field team earned itself a third place finish in the team standings, edging out Navy by half a point with a gutsy race in the 4x400 relay. The Bison scored in 13 of the 14 events contested on the final day of the meet, and six student-athletes received Second Team All-Patriot League honors.

Boston University won the team title in its first year in the Patriot League, finishing the meet with 210 points. Lehigh earned runner-up status with 133 points, while Bucknell squeaked into third place with 99 points.

“We knew this would be one of our toughest Patriot League meets ever due to the new schools and the improvement of some of our competition,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “Many of our women looked nervous for the entire weekend. We did have some very good performances, but we had a number of people who didn’t accomplish what they set out to. We will get back to work to get ready for ECACs, as well as the outdoor season.”

The third day of competition kicked off with the women’s field events, and the Bison scored points in each of the three disciplines. Senior Emily Ando cleared 11-03.75 to tie for third in the pole vault, while junior Kristin Sundy’s personal best mark of 11-03.75 tied her for sixth in the event. Sophomore Abigail Brundage medaled with her performance in the circle, as her heave of 42-03.25 earned her third place in the shot put. Freshman Carly Reinerscored points for the Bison in her first Patriot League Championship meet, claiming the eighth spot in the triple jump with a personal best distance of 35-09.50.

Another rookie kicked off scoring on the track, as freshman Sarah Chandler hung on to take seventh place in the mile, crossing the line at 5:08.09. Sophomore Jenn Silvestri and junior Kim Nagotko, two of Bucknell’s best sprinters, each finished sixth in their respective races, with Silvestri turning in a time of 8.94 in the hurdles and Nagotko completing the 60m dash in 7.84. Both of the Bison scored in a second individual event on Sunday, as Silvestri finshed fourth in the 500 (1:16.35) and Nagotko snagged fifth place in the 200 (25.08).

Senior Jennifer Zymet (57.99) and sophomore Jess Bridle (58.63) finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 400, and freshman Allison Sharkey turned in a personal best time of 1:19.05 to claim the seventh spot in the 500. Bucknell’s middle distance events were especially strong, and senior Hana Casalnova exhibited the squad’s strength in the 800, earning second team All-Patriot League honors with her second-place time of 2:16.80. Senior Emily Waksmunski did the same in the 1000, crossing in 2:55.98 to take the runner-up spot, and juniors Betsy Edinger (2:58.59) and Morgan Roche (3:00.03) rounded out the scoring in the event with fourth- and seventh-place points.

The Bison concluded the day with two gritty performances in the relays, starting with a third-place finish in the distance medley relay. Casalnova, freshman Laura Papili, Waksmunski and Chandler combined for a time of 12:20.17 in the event, edging out fourth-place Lafayette. Bucknell sat in fourth place as a team heading into the final event of the meet, but the team of Bridle, Sharkey, Silvestri and Zymet gutted out a second-place finish in the 4x400 to eclipse Navy. The quartet’s second-place time of 3:52.84 was the ninth-fastest performance in program history, and earned all four runners second team All-Patriot League accolades.

Bucknell will have next weekend off before returning to action for its last meet of the indoor season. The Bison will travel to Boston, Mass. to compete in the ECAC Championships on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9.  

TEAM STANDINGS
1. Boston University - 210
2. Lehigh - 130
3. Bucknell – 99.50
4. Navy - 99
5. Holy Cross - 92
6. Army – 54.50
7. Lafayette -53
8. Colgate - 19
9. Loyola - 13
10. American – 10

BUCKNELL’S ALL-LEAGUE SELECTIONS
Second Team: Jess Bridle, Hana Casalnova, Kylie Pearse, Allison Sharkey, Jenn Silvestri, Seline Tan Torres, Emily Waksmunski, Jennifer Zymet 

BUCKNELL RESULTS
Emily Ando
- tied for 3rd in pole vault (11-03.75)
Alison Billas
- 11th in 3000 (10:10:10)
Jess Bridle
- 8th in 400 (58.63)
Abigail Brundage
- 3rd in shot put (42-03.25)
Hana Casalnova
- 2nd in 800 (2:16.80)
Sarah Chandler
- 7th in mile (5:08.09)
Montana DiPietrantonio
- 9th in 3000 (10:08.66)
Betsy Edinger
- 4th in 1000 (2:58.59)
Zoe Gaston
- 14th in 3000 (10:13.73)
Deanna Godby
- 19th in 3000 (10:29.30)
Kimberly Lapszynski
- 13th in triple jump (34-02.00)
Tara Lee
- 10th in shot put (39-03.00)
Devon McDonald
- 17th in triple jump (31-08.50)
Kim Nagotko
- 6th in 60 (7.84)
- 5th in 200 (25.08)
Sophia Nnadi
- 15th in weight throw (37-01.75)
Laura Papili
- 9th in 500 (1:20.01)
Kylie Pearse
- 16th in mile (5:25.76)
- 11th in 1000 (3:07.14)
Carly Reiner
- 8th in triple jump (35-09.50)
Morgan Roche
- 7th in 1000 (3:00.03)
Autumn Schellenberger
- 10th in pole vault (10-10.00)
Justine Schnell
- 13th in mile (5:19.25)
- 12th in 1000 (3:10.34)
Catherine Scott
- 15th in 3000 (10:17.79)
Allison Sharkey
- 7th in 500 (1:19.05)
Jenn Silvestri
- 6th in 60mH (8.94)
- 4th in 500 (1:16.35)
Kristin Sundy
- tied for 6th in pole vault (11-03.75)
Seline Tan Torres
- 13th in 800 (2:20.02)
Emily Waksmunski
- 2nd in 1000 (2:55.98)
Jennifer Zymet
- 6th in 400 (57.99)
Distance Medley Relay – Hana Casalnova, Laura Papili, Emily Waksmunski, Sarah Chandler
- 3rd (12:20.17)
4x400 – Jess Bridle, Allison Sharkey, Jenn Silvestri, Jennifer Zymet
- 2nd (3:52.84)

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