CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Bucknell track and field team continued its outdoor campaign against some challenging competition this weekend, competing at the Virginia Challenge at Lannigan Field on Friday and Saturday. The meet featured an elite field of collegiate and professional athletes, and the Bison turned in some top-notch performances against quality opponents.
“The meet was very high-level and a great experience for our athletes,” commented head coach Kevin Donner. “Our relays were incredible today with two school records, and it was a great way for Kamal and Patryk to end their careers. Our 4x400m will be looking to run even faster at IC4As in the hopes of qualifying for NCAAs.”
The highlight of the weekend was the record-breaking performances of Bucknell’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays. The 4x100m squad of seniors Patryk Najbar, Kamal Riley, Jacob Eaton Hall and junior Christian Lupica raced to second place with a time of 40.84, qualifying for the IC4A meet and breaking the school record that the four runners set at last weekend’s Patriot League Championship meet. The 4x400m quartet was equally impressive, as junior Kevin Tapper and sophomore Anthony Menza combined with Eaton Hall and Lupica for an IC4A-qualifying time of 3:09.93, winning the event and shattering the old school record, which was set in 1975, by two seconds.
Several individuals also turned in strong performances, including sophomore Alex Jagelsky, who raced to a time of 1:51.70 in the 800m, qualifying for the IC4A meet, placing 14th and becoming the sixth-best performer in the event in program history. Najbar and Riley both tackled the 100m event, placing 11th and 15th, respectively, and Najbar also competed in the 200m race, finishing 11th with a time of 21.96. Najbar’s time of 10.84 in the 100m dash was an IC4A-qualifying time.
Sophomores Grant Reynolds and Jenn Silvestri represented the Bison in the hurdles, with Reynolds competing in both distances and Silvestri racing in the longer event. Reynolds was 14th in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.98 and 15th in the 400m with a time of 55.10, while Silvestri took 10th in her event with a time of 1:02.61.
Tapper also competed in the triple jump, placing ninth with a leap of 46-6, while sophomore John Dugan was 17th in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9:35.00. Sophomores Ryan Johnson and John Westwood ran the 800m (22nd – 1:53.78) and 1500m (37th – 3:52.06), respectively, while senior Hana Casalnova also competed in the 1500m race, finishing in a time of 4:31.65.
“Hana ran a solid race but unfortunately had to do all the work and didn’t quite hit her time,” added Donner. “She is ending her career as one of our all-time best middle distance runners.”
Bucknell will be back in action next weekend when it travels to Princeton, New Jersey for the IC4A/ECAC Championship meet. Competition is scheduled to begin on Friday, May 16 and conclude on Sunday, May 18.