PRINCETON, N.J. – Rain forced the postponement of several events on the first day of the 2014 ECAC/IC4A Championships, hosted by Princeton at the Weaver Track and Field Stadium, but the inclement weather did nothing to slow down the Bucknell track and field team. Only four Bison competed on the first day of competition, but all turned in some of their best performances of the season, setting the tone for a strong three-day meet for the program.
“Today was a very nice day,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “Tyler’s All-East performance in the steeplechase was a highlight, and I have a strong feeling that his time will make the NCAA preliminary meet in Jacksonville. Zoe also ran a super 10K, racing her way onto the program’s top-10 list.”
Senior Tyler Erhard’s performance in the 3000m steeplechase highlighted the first day of the meet for Bucknell, as he became just the eighth Bison in program history to finish the race in under nine minutes. Erhard claimed the eighth spot and All-East honors in the event, turning in an extremely impressive time of 8:59.46.
Sophomore Deanna Godby represented Bucknell in the 5000m event, finishing 37th with a time of 17:21.94, and juniors Zoe Gaston and Becky Snelson both competed in the 10,000m race. Gaston became the ninth-best performer in the event in program history with her time of 36:35.98 and finished 13th in the event, while Snelson crossed the line at 37:58.32, finishing 22nd.
The 2014 ECAC/IC4A Championships will continue on Saturday with competition set to begin at 9:00 a.m.