PRINCETON, N.J. – Bucknell's Maura Fiamoncini won a title in the javelin throw on the ECAC Championships' opening day.
The freshman standout recorded a distance of 176-11, more than 10 feet further than the silver medalist. Her mark also topped her Patriot League Championship record heave (166-3), which earned her Rookie of the Meet accolades.
"Overall, it was a very good first day," said head coach Kevin Donner said. "Of course, we were outstanding in the javelin, with three scorers and a couple of personal records. Maura continues to impress."
Bucknell had three other top-10 finishers on Saturday at Princeton's Weaver Stadium. Kaitlin Salisbury, who was coming off a runner-up finish at the Patriot League Championships, took sixth in the long jump. Her 19-4 distance would have been third in school history if she wasn't already the record holder (19-9.50).
Margaret Thomson placed seventh in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:37.96, which moved her to second from fifth in school history.
"Thomson ran great in the steeplechase to score for us," Donner said. "She missed some valuable training in March and April and is just starting to round into form."
Molly Montalvo, the 2018 Patriot League runner-up, took 10th in the hammer throw with a distance of 171-06. Her mark would have been seventh in the Bison annals if she wasn't already slotted fifth (175-6).
While Fiamoncini's ECAC mark in the javelin was impressive, it wasn't her best to date. Her 184-5 distance at the Jim Taylor Invitational remains the third best in the nation. She is the only underclassman in the top five and one of three in the top 10. It also shattered Bucknell's school record by over 25 feet.
The top-eight finishers in each event earn All-East accolades, giving Bucknell five honorees after the first day. The Bison, who are currently seventh with 18 points, wrap up their time at the ECAC Championships tomorrow. Cornell (30), Monmouth (27.5) and Towson (24) are currently the top-three teams.
"The women are set up to be a top-10 team at the end of the day tomorrow," Donner said.