LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell women’s track and field team made its 2017 indoor debut on Saturday, hosting UMBC and Saint Francis (Pa.) in a tri-meet at Gerhard Fieldhouse. After a month off between meets, the Bison returned to competition, winning seven individuals events, while earning a first-place finish in a relay.
Grace Loh earned her first victory of the season, winning the mile with a time of 5:14.32. Bucknell claimed the top three spots in the standings, as Margaret Thomson and Emma Dolen finished second and third, respectively.
Allison Sharkey won the individual title in the 300-meter dash, finishing first among 17 runners with a time of 41.66, a new top-10 program performance. Elyse Pettaway finished third in the race with a time of 42.22, a personal-record.
After etching her name onto Bucknell’s all-time lists in the 60m and 200m events, freshman Kaitlin Salisbury notched another top-10 program mark on Saturday, this time in the long jump. The Patriot League Female Rookie of the Week recorded an ECAC-qualifying leap of 18-10 ¾ in a first-place effort, posting her third win of the season.
For the second consecutive meet, freshman Ella Schultz earned a first-place finish in the shot put, posting a toss of 43-0 ½. Molly Montalvo won the individual title in the weight throw, recording a heave of 48-6 ¾.
Lauren Hudson won the high jump, recording a leap of 5-3. Sydney Contrino and Alexis Auman finished in a three-way tie for second with a jump of 5-1. Jenna Calandro finished in a tie with Taylor Thurnherr of Saint Francis (Pa.) for first in the pole vault, clearing 10-8.
“Today was a very nice rust buster for our ladies after a month layoff for the holiday,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “We trained through the meet and still had some pretty good results. Good to see most of our distance runners open up the season. This was a good set up meet for a very intense meet at Penn State next week against some bigger schools.”
The Bison return to action on Jan. 14 to compete at the Nittany Lion Challenge, the first of two trips to Penn State during the indoor season.