EASTON, Pa. – Bucknell had six runners finish in the top 10 and won the overall title in a field of five teams at Lafayette’s Leopard Invitational on Saturday. It was the second meet of the weekend for the Bison, who sent runners to the Penn State National Open on Friday.
“I was very pleased with our women,” Bucknell head coach Kevin Donner said. “Our depth is starting to develop and we handled the hills very well. Some of our top finishers earned their way in to our league lineup today, and we are excited to see what they can do.”
Anna Chiodo-Ortiz led a group of four Bucknell runners that finished in order from second to fifth in a race that featured 47 runners. She completed the 6k course in 23:37 and was followed by Madeleine Hunt (23:44), Christine O’Kane (23:47), and Lindsay Schafer (23:49) in third through fifth. Ruth Segall tuned in an eighth-place showing, while Sara Christian followed in ninth.
Bucknell easily took the team title with a score of 22. Lafayette finished a distant second with 46 points, while Saint Joseph’s (90) and Juniata (95) were third and fourth. Lehigh only had four runners in the race and did not factor into the team standings.
Lafayette’s Emily Moore won the race in 23:15.
Bucknell now turns its attention to the postseason. The Bison will look to win a third straight Patriot League title when the meet is held at Lehigh on Saturday, Oct. 28. The Mid-Atlantic Regional will also be held at Lehigh on Friday, Nov. 10.