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Sophia Nnadi
Sophia Nnadi
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Track and Field Puts Forth Strong Showing on First Day of Colonial Relays
Release:   04/04/2014

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Bucknell track and field team produced an excellent day of competition at Zable Stadium and the Dan Stimson Throwing Events Area on Friday, with thirteen team members scoring points for the squad on the first full day of the Colonial Relays. The women’s team sits in a tie for seventh place with 31 points through 14 events, while the men’s team has compiled 27.20 points through 13 events, putting them in sixth place.

On the women’s side, two throwers and five runners scored points for the team, beginning on Thursday night when sophomore Sophia Nnadi placed fifth in the hammer throw with a heave of 149-06. Nnadi also scored in the discus, finishing sixth with a mark of 131-08, just behind freshman Stephanie Easse, who took the fifth spot with a toss of 133-04.

Senior Hana Casalnova turned in the best finish of the day on the track, placing fourth in the 800m with a time of 2:10.46, just slightly off of her best. Sophomore Deanna Godby and junior Zoe Gaston both scored points in the 3000m, with Godby taking sixth in 10:05.07 and Gaston crossing the finish line at 10:07.34, finishing seventh. Godby’s time makes her the tenth-best performer in the event in program history. Sophomores Chrissy Haney and Jenn Silvestri rounded out the scorers on the women’s side, finishing fifth and seventh, respectively. Haney turned in a time of 1:02.57, while Silvestri raced to a personal best mark of 1:03.17, ranking her tenth on the Bucknell list of all-time performers in the event.

The Bison were equally successful on the men’s side, placing in three running events and three field events. Junior Michael McGowan placed fifth in the 3000m with a time of 8:33.35, and classmate Andrew Garcia-Garrison finished in the same spot in the 1500m. His time of 3:49.38 makes him the eighth-best performer in the event in program history. Junior Kevin Tapper raced to a time of 48.90 in the 400m, finishing eighth, and junior Christian Lupica guaranteed himself points in the 110m hurdles, finishing second in the prelims with a time of 14.31 to advance to the finals of the event.

In the field events, freshman Daniel Elijah Kay tied for sixth in the high jump, clearing 6-04.25, while juniors Jack Fellows and Brian Monahan both scored points in the hammer throw and shot put. Fellows finished third in the hammer throw with a heave of 169-10 and ninth in the shot put with a mark of 48-04.75, while Monahan’s mark of 51-02.25 in the shot put placed him sixth and his toss of 155-07 in the hammer throw was good for seventh.

The Bison will conclude competition in the Colonial Relays on Saturday, with both field and running events scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Links to live results and video are available on the track and field schedule pages on BucknellBison.com.

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