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Sophia Nnadi
Sophia Nnadi
Courtesy: Marc Hagemeier
Women's Track and Field Places Third at Patriot League Championships
Release:   05/03/2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Competition in the 2014 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded at the Naval Academy’s Ingram Field on Saturday, and the Bucknell women’s track and field team scored in 14 of the 16 events contested on the final day of the competition, taking third place in the meet. Senior Hana Casalnova, sophomore Sophia Nnadi, sophomore Jenn Silvestri and the members of the 4x400m relay all earned runner-up finishes, garnering second team All-Patriot League honors.

Boston University was declared the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field champion, finishing with 203.50 points, while Lehigh compiled 140.50 points to claim runner-up status and Bucknell rounded out the top three with 129 points.

“The performance that we put up would have won the championship in most other years,” commented head coach Kevin Donner, “but the league has a new dynamic now. We responded and were much better than we were at the indoor meet. Second place was well within our sights, but we just didn’t quite capitalize in some areas.”

Bucknell’s performance on the second day was highlighted by a quartet of second-place finishes, all of which earned second team All-Patriot League status. Casalnova raced to a time of 2:12.83 in the 800m to take the second spot, and the senior also took third place in the 1500m, finishing in a time of 4:29.81 and becoming the sixth-best performer in the event in school history. Nnadi was runner-up in the shot put with a toss of 45-01.75 and also placed fourth in the discus with a mark of 140-02, while Silvestri placed in both hurdle events. The sophomore was just shy of the school record in the 400m event, finishing second with a time of 1:00.82, and also turned in a best time of 14.73 in the 100m race, placing sixth. Finally, the 4x400m relay team of Silvestri, junior Kim Nagotko, freshman Elyse Pettaway and senior Jennifer Zymetcombined for a time of 3:46.39, taking second and turning in the second-best performance in school history.

Several other Bison also placed in the track events, including Nagotko, who took fourth place in the 100m dash with a time of 12.11. Zymet finished in the same spot in the 400m, racing to a time of 56.36, while sophomore Deanna Godby (4:35.73) and senior Emily Waksmunski (4:35.84) placed fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 1500m race. Godby also scored in the 5000m, turning in a time of 17:39.38 to take eighth. Sophomore Chrissy Haney finished fourth in the 400m hurdles (1:02.34) and eighth in the 100m event (14.95), while freshman Laura Papili (1:03.28) and Seline Tan Torres (1:03.96) took sixth and seventh, respectively, in the longer race. Freshman Sarah Chandler took fifth-place points in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 11:12.13, and the 4x100m relay team of Zymet, freshman Kimberly Lapszynski, freshmanCarly Reiner and Nagotko claimed third place in the event with a time of 47.52.

On the field, sophomore Abigail Brundage claimed the third spot in the shot put with a toss of 43-11.25, becoming the seventh-best performer in the event in school history, while Reiner and senior Laura Lutzker each scored in a jumping event. Reiner was seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 36-05.50, while Lutzker cleared 5-01.00 in the high jump to take eighth place. 

Bucknell will have next weekend off before returning to action for the ECAC Championships, which will be held in Princeton, New Jersey from May 15 to 17.

TEAM STANDINGS

1. Boston University – 203.50
2. Lehigh – 140.50
3. Bucknell – 129
4. Navy – 109
5. Army – 91
6. Holy Cross – 83.50
7. Lafayette – 77.50
8. Colgate – 10
9. American – 9
9. Loyola - 9

BUCKNELL’S ALL-LEAGUE SELECTIONS:
second team: Hana Casalnova, Sophia Nnadi, Jenn Silvestri, Kim Nagotko, Elyse Pettaway, Jennifer Zymet

BUCKNELL RESULTS
Emily Ando
- 9th in high jump (5-01.00)
Abigail Brundage
- 3rd in shot put (43-11.25), 7th all-time
- 15th in discus (113-08)
Meghan Carroll
- 11th in 5000 (18:02.04)
Hana Casalnova
- 2nd in 800 (2:12.83)
- 3rd in 1500 (4:29. 81), ECAC, 5th all-time
Reagan Cerney
- 17th in 400 (1:00.29)
Sarah Chandler
- 26th in 800 (2:21.73)
- 5th in 3000 steeplechase (11:12.13), 6th all-time
Stephanie Easse
- 11th in discus (123-06)
Betsy Edinger
- 16th in 800 (2:18.87)
Zoe Gaston
- 10th in 5000 (17:45.69)
Deanna Godby
- 5th in 1500 (4:35.73)
- 8th in 5000 (17:39.38)
Hanna Greenfield
- 14th in heptathlon - 3482 (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 long jump: 15-08.75, 12th in javelin: 79-04, 13th in 800: 2:57.91)
Chrissy Haney
- 8th in 100 hurdles (14.95)
- 4th in 400 hurdles (1:02.34)
Megan Kirk
- 11th in high jump (5-01.00)
Kimberly Lapszynski
- 11th in triple jump (35-03.25)
Tara Lee
- 10th in shot put (37-04.00)
- 14th in discus (117-09)
Laura Lutzker
- 8th in high jump (5-01.00)
Devon McDonald
- 12th in heptathlon – 3576 (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, 3rd in long jump: 16-07.75, 14th in javelin: 62-00, 12th in 800: 2:54.86)
- NH in high jump
Kim Nagotko
- 4th in 100 (12.11)
Sophia Nnadi
- 2nd in shot put (45-01.75), ECAC
- 4th in discus (140-02)
Laura Papili
- 6th in 400 hurdles (1:03.28)
Kylie Pearse
- 9th in 3000 steeplechase (11:29.03)
Elyse Pettaway
- 12th in 400 (59.21)
Carly Reiner
- 7th in triple jump (36-05.50)
Morgan Roche
- 28th in 800 (2:22.06)
- 21st in 1500 (4:55.92)
Justine Schnell
- ­21st in 5000 (18:51.47)
Jenn Silvestri
- 6th in 100 hurdles (14.73), 9th all-time
- 2nd in 400 hurdles (1:00.82), ECAC, 2nd all-time
Becky Snelson
- 14th in 5000 (18:10.09)
Seline Tan Torres
- 7th in 400 hurdles (1:03.96)
Emily Waksmunski
- 31st in 800 (2:27.37)
- 7th in 1500 (4:35.84)
Jennifer Zymet
- 3rd in 400 (56.36)
4x100 relay
- Jennifer Zymet, Kimberly Lapszynski, Carly Reiner, Kim Nagotko – 3rd (47.52), ECAC, 3rd all-time
4x400 relay
- Jenn Silvestri, Kim Nagotko, Elyse Pettaway, Jennifer Zymet – 2nd (3:46.39), ECAC, 2nd all-time

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