ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Competition in the 2014 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships began at the Naval Academy’s Ingram Field on Friday, with points being awarded in the pole vault, long jump, hammer, javelin, 10,000m and 4x800m relay. The Bucknell women’s track and field team scored in all six of the events, with senior Emily Ando turning in the top finish of the day, taking third place in the pole vault.
The Bison sit in fourth place in the tightly-packed team standings through the first six events, having compiled 35.50 points, but things are sure to change drastically on Saturday, as there are 16 finals on the docket for the final day of the meet. Lehigh and Army are currently leading the pack with 42 points each, while newcomer Boston University (38) sits just 2.50 points ahead of Bucknell.
“Our women had a very good first day,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “A few people struggled some, but a few others stepped up to compensate. Boston University seems to be in control, but we are in a position to place well, as are Lehigh and Navy.”
The Bison earned valuable points in all four of the field events contested, highlighted by Ando’s third-place finish in the pole vault. The senior cleared 11-07.75 to score six points, and classmate Autumn Schellenberger tied for seventh with a mark of 10-08.00. Senior Alyssa Cardillo and freshman Kimberly Lapszynski placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the long jump, with Cardillo turning in a leap of 18-02.25 and Lapszynski producing a mark of 17-08.75.
Sophomore Sophia Nnadi was the team’s lone scorer in the hammer throw, but she turned in one of the most impressive performances of the day, as her toss of 170-02 placed her fourth. The mark, her personal-best, also qualified her for ECACs and made her the sixth-best performer in the event in school history. Freshman Megan Sangimino and sophomore Dayna Simone rounded out the scoring in the field events, both gathering points for the Bison in the javelin. Sangimino finished sixth with a mark of 133-01, becoming the sixth-best performer in the event in school history, while Simone was seventh with a toss of 129-07.
Event finals were only conducted in two track events on Friday, the 10,000m and the 4x800m relay. Junior Zoe Gaston placed fifth in the distance event with an ECAC-qualifying time of 37:17.23, and classmate Becky Snelson also scored, finishing in 38:11.73 to place seventh. Bucknell also turned in a strong performance in the 4x800 relay, as the squad of senior Emily Waksmunski, junior Betsy Edinger, senior Hana Casalnova and freshman Sarah Chandler finished fourth in a time of 9:02.21, also qualifying for the ECAC Championships.
Several Bison also competed in the preliminary heats of their events on Friday, and three of them advanced to the finals on Saturday. Junior Kim Nagotko will race as the fourth-seed in the 100m dash after turning in a time of 12.37 in the heats, while sophomores Chrissy Haney and Jenn Silvestri both raced their way into the finals of the 100m hurdles. Silvestri finished fifth in the prelims with a time of 14.80, while Haney was sixth, crossing the finish line in 15.27.
The Patriot League Championships will conclude on Saturday with event finals in the discus, shot put, high jump, triple jump, 3000m steeplechase, 1500m, 100m hurdles, 400m, 100m, 800m, 400m hurdles, 200m, 5000m, 4x100, 4x400 and the final three events of the heptathlon. Action at Ingram Field is set to begin at 9:00 a.m., and the team champions will be crowned in an awards ceremony at 5 p.m.
TEAM STANDINGS (through six events)
1. Lehigh – 42
1. Army 42
3. Boston University – 38
4. Bucknell – 35.50
5. Lafayette – 34
6. Navy – 29
7. American – 7
8. Holy Cross – 6.50
- 3rd in pole vault (11-07.75)
- 5th in long jump (18-02.25)
- 9th in 10,000 (38:42.82)
- 9th in javelin (129-07)
- 5th in 10,000 (37:17.23), ECAC
- heptathlon (T9th in 100 hurdles: 16.70, 15th in high jump: 4-06.25, 14th in shot put: 29-05.50, 8th in 200: 27.86)
- 6th in prelims of 100 hurdles (15.27)
- 6th in long jump (17-08.75)
- 13th in hammer throw (134-10)
- heptathlon (16th in 100 hurdles: 18.48, tied for 6th in high jump: 5-01.25, 12th in shot put: 30-11.00, 5th in 200: 27.20)
- 4th in prelims of 100 (12.37)
- 11th in prelims of 200 (25.55)
- 4th in hammer throw (170-02), 6th all-time, ECAC
- 10th in prelims of 100 (12.70)
- 6th in javelin (133-01), 6th all-time
- tied for 7th in pole vault (10-08.00)
- 5th in prelims of 100 hurdles (14.80)
- 7th in javelin (129-07)
- 7th in 10,000 (38:11.73)
- NH in pole vault
- 10th in prelims of 200 (25.50)
- Emily Waksmunski, Betsy Edinger, Hana Casalnova, Sarah Chandler – 4th (9:02.43), ECAC