Lewisburg, Pa. – The Bucknell women’s track and field team made its 2018 indoor debut on Saturday, hosting UMBC and Lafayette in a tri-meet at Gerhard Fieldhouse. After a month off between meets, the Bison returned to competition, winning 10 individual events, while earning a first-place finish in a relay.
Cayleigh Glew earned her first victory of the season, winning the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.37. Bucknell claimed the top two spots in the standings, as Janiel Slowly finished second clocking in at 9.54.
Gianna Mincone won the individual title in the 600-meter run, finishing first among ten runners with a time of 1.37.33. In the 1000-meter Lauren Hazzard and Payton Capes clocked in the two-fastest times. Hazzard ran a 3:06.04 and Capes finished 33 one-hundredths behind her at a 3:06.34.
The Bison performed exceptionally well in the mile and took the top four-spots. Margaret Thomson placed first with a time of 5:12.09. Madeleine Hunt came in second with a 5:12.19 split. Emma Dolen took third clocking in at 5:18.63 and Emma Cousins rounded out the top finishers by running a 5:25.62.
The women also swept the top three-spots in the 3000-meter. Lindsay Schafer won the event by 13 seconds with a split of 10:37.35, Brennan Sharkey was second with a time of 10:50.10, and Christine O’Kane took third by clocking in an 11:00.97 run.
The Bison also swept the high jump, long jump, and shot put events. Lauren Hudson paced to a first-place finish in the high-jump leaping (5-3 ¾). Alexandria Butz was second with a (5-1 ¾) jump and Lexy Forrestal (4-11 ¾) and Sydney Contrino (4-11 ¾) tied for third. In the long-jump, Kaitlin Salisbury was the top Bison finisher jumping (17-04 ¾), while finishing second was Alexa Digregorio (17-03 ½) and third was Kaitlin Mcgrath (15-00 ½). In the shot put Ella Schultz took first with a throw of (44-08), Delia Sipe second (43-03), Molly Montalvo third (40-04) and fourth and fifth was Daija Misler and Jenna Phillips.
The Bison also had top finishes in the pole vault, triple jump, and weight throw events.
“They had a very good meet considering the week’s workload and the long winter break layoff. The technical events always struggle the first meet back, yet they were not far off where they left off in December which is always a goal. We should see nice improvement at the Penn State meet next week.”
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.