EASTON, Pa. – Bucknell’s Colleen Buckley and Maura Fiamoncini captured gold medals, and Kaitlin Salisbury set a pair of school records, on the opening day of the Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Lafayette’s Metzgar Field Athletics Complex.
Thanks to Buckley and Fiamoncini’s individual titles, as well as nine other point-producing performances, the Bison women’s track field is currently first with 58 points. Bucknell, which is seeking its second-straight Patriot League Triple Crown, holds a nine-point lead over second-place Lehigh and is 17 clear of third-place Holy Cross.
“It was a solid first day that had a few ups and downs, but the balance of league still has us contending for a title,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “This meet is a war of attrition, and I believe our ladies will be ready.”
Fiamoncini set a Patriot League Championship record en route to her first-place finish in the javelin throw. The freshman standout recorded a distance of 166-3, almost 27 feet further than the silver medalist. Her mark broke the previous Patriot League Championship record, which had stood since 2007, by nearly six feet.
Buckley, the Track Athlete of the 2018 Patriot League Indoor Championships, gave the Bison early momentum by winning the 10,000-meter run. The junior crossed the line in 35:56.91, nearly nine seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Her time would have been slotted fourth in school history if she hadn’t already clocked the second-fastest time (34:53.59) at the 2018 Raleigh Relays.
In the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash, two Bison broke the 12-second barrier. Salisbury finished in 11.84 to qualify for Saturday's final, while Carli Lucke came in at 11.00. They now stand first and second in Bucknell’s history, both shattering the previous school record of 12.05 set by Kim Nagotko in 2013.
Later in the day, Salisbury broke her own school record in the long jump to earn her second-straight Patriot League silver medal. The sophomore posted a distance of 19-9.50, 0.75 better than her previous record, which she set at the 2017 Maroon and Gold Invitational.
Overall, Bucknell performed well in Friday’s field events. Molly Montalvo took second in the hammer throw with a toss of 167-11, which would have been eighth in the Bison annals if she hadn’t already secured the fourth spot with a heave of 179-0 at the 2018 Maroon and Gold Invitational.
Fiamoncini was one of four Bucknell point scorers in the javelin throw as Kasey Getkin (5th, 138-7), Taylor Oxley (6th, 136-11) and Hanna Beer (7th, 135-6) also cracked the top eight. In the pole vault, Chloe Brown cleared 11-7.75 to take sixth. Brown’s mark also slotted her in a tie for sixth in the Bucknell annals.
Kafilat Oladiran matched her personal-best time in the 100-meter hurdles to qualify for Saturday’s finals. Her time of 14.45, which she previously clocked at the 2018 Virginia Quad, ranks fourth in Bucknell’s history.
After four events in the heptathlon, Alexis Auman stands sixth with 2,560 points, 15 outside of fifth. She placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash, sixth in the shot put and eighth in the high jump.
“Having three scorers in 10k, with Buckley winning it all, got us started on the right foot,” Donner said. “All four of our javelin throwers scored, with Maura getting a league record, and that was also great. Salisbury advancing to 100-meter run finals with a school-record time and then finishing second in the long jump with another school record was a great highlight while Montalvo's second-place hammer throw is big. While our 4x800 relay struggled early, Chrissy ran an outstanding leg to move us from sixth to fourth, providing critical points for tomorrow. It was also great seeing Chloe Brown score a couple points in the pole vault.”
The Bison will look to defend their lead and capture their second-straight Patriot League Triple Crown tomorrow. The final day of the Patriot League Outdoor Championships begins at 9:30 a.m. with the conclusion of the heptathlon. Field events resume at 11 a.m. with track events following at noon.
1. Bucknell, 58
2. Lehigh, 49
3. Holy Cross, 41
4. Navy, 27.5
5. Army West Point, 27
6. Boston University, 16.5
7. American, 9
8. Loyola, 4
9. Lafayette, 2
10. Colgate, 0