LEWISBURG, Pa. – Junior Christine Bendzinski broke the school record in the 800-meter race Saturday as the Bucknell women’s track and field team won the team title at the Bucknell Team Challenge at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The Bison scored 247 points to finish in first-place and earn their third team victory of the season.
Bendzinski was the top runner in the race with a time of 2:08.76, finishing nearly four seconds faster than the second-place runner. Bendzinski’s time breaks the previous best of 2:08.98 set by Christa Sawko in 2006. Jenna Farmer, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Emma Harris and Gianna Mincone each scored in the event.
Elyse Pettaway won the 400m with a time of 56.57, now the fifth-fastest time in school history. Allison Sharkey finished third while Taylor Kennedy and Natalie Waterhouse added to the Bucknell point total.
Lauren Gronbeck was the top runner in the 3,000m with a time of 10:07.11. Tabitha Wismer, Lindsay Schafer and Morgan Price all scored in the race.
Meg Sangimino won her third javelin event of the year, posting a heave of 152-7. Rebecca Skovira was the runner-up with a toss of 140-7, while Kasey Getkin finished fifth.
Lucke was the runner-up in the 100m with a time of 12.25, now eighth-fastest in program history. Reiner posted a top-10 program effort, taking third with a time of 12.32. Salisbury placed second in the 200m with a time of 24.93, a new personal record and top-10 program time.
Kafilat Oladiran was the runner-up in the 100m hurdles, finishing in 14.75. Janiel Slowly scored in the race with a sixth-place showing. Laura Papili took third in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.80. Alexandra Koumas, Allison Varano and Chelsea Reynolds all scored in the race.
Ella Schultz was the runner-up in the shot put with a toss of 44-6 ¾.
Alexis Auman finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 38-1 ½, while Reiner scored with a fourth-place finish. Kimberley Lapszynski cracked the top-five in the long jump, taking fourth with a leap of 17-4 ¾.
"It was a very good meet for our women," said head coach Kevin Donner. "Our sprinters are starting to drop their times and we had a school record in the 800. We also seem to be getting a few injured athletes back in the swing of things. Next week will be a good tuneup at Penn and Bloomsburg and then we will be ready for leagues."
The Bison will compete one last weekend before the Patriot League Outdoor Championships. Bucknell will send a group of athletes to compete at the Penn Relays (Apr. 27-29), while another group will compete at Bloomsburg (Apr. 29).