UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Senior Allison Sharkey won the 400-meter run to lead the Bucknell women’s track and field team on Saturday at the Nittany Lion Challenge at Ashenfelter III Indoor Track.

Bucknell, competing in its first road meet of the season, went up against some top programs on Saturday, including Cornell, Penn State, Connecticut, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Villanova. 

Sharkey finished first in a field of 17 runners with a time of 58.29, 0.33 faster than second-place finisher Thaila Cooper of Maryland.

Making her season debut Saturday, Christine Bendzinski finished fourth in the 1,000m, posting an ECAC-qualifying mark of 2:50.69, just 0.01 short of her personal record. Sarah Chandler finished seventh in the race, but her time of 2:53.28 was good enough to qualify for the ECAC Championships.

In the 200m, Kaitlin Salisbury, the two-time Patriot League Female Rookie of the Week, earned a top-10 finish with a time of 25.57, which is a new personal record and top-10 program performance.

In the distance medley relay, a team of Chandler, Bendzinski, Seline Tan-Torres and Emma Harris finished fourth with an ECAC-qualifying time of 11:51.34.

Carly Reiner placed fifth of 17 in the triple jump, recording a leap of 37-10 ¾.

“We showed that we belonged in this high-powered meet even though many of our athletes were tired from two weeks of training camp,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “We will freshen them up a bit this week and we should start seeing some marks drop quite a bit.”

Bucknell returns to action Jan. 21 to host the Gulden Invitational at Gerhard Fieldhouse.