BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Bucknell women's track and field team won its third consecutive Patriot League Outdoor Championship and earned its seventh Triple Crown in program history on Saturday at Lehigh's Goodman Track and Field Complex. A total of 12 Bison finished with All-Patriot League honors at the two-day meet.
The Bison had to battle through rainy conditions throughout the two days, with the last day coming down to the final event to determine a winner. Bucknell scored 194.5 points to win its 15th outdoor title and its seventh in the last nine years. Boston University was the runner-up with 171.5 points, while host Lehigh took third with 166 points.
This is Bucknell's first Triple Crown since 2010 and the seventh in school history, joining the 1998-99, 1999-00, 2001-02, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2009-10 squads.
Sarah Chandler earned her second All-Patriot League citation of the weekend in the steeplechase, finishing second with a time of 10:42.23. Elizabeth Sheprow and Margaret Thomson added to the team score, taking fourth and fifth, respectively.
Christine Bendzinski was the runner-up in the 1,500-meter with a time of 4:31.07, earning All-Patriot League honors in the race for the second straight season. Kathleen Fitzgerald scored with a fifth-place showing.
One day after winning the gold medal in the 10,000m, Colleen Buckley picked up a silver medal in the 5,000m. She was the runner-up in the race with a time of 16:55.52, earning All-Patriot League accolades. Chandler and Kate Scott finished fourth and fifth, respectively, while Jenna Farmer took eighth, helping the Bison score 18 points.
Molly Montalvo earned All-Patriot League honors in the hammer, finishing second with a heave of 167-7 ¾, a personal record and the sixth-best toss in school annals.
Ella Schultz won the silver medal in the shot put, placing second with a toss of 46-4 ¾ to earn All-Patriot League status.
After earning All-Patriot League honors on Friday in the long jump, Kaitlin Salisbury reached the podium for the second time this weekend with a third-place finish in the 100m, completing the race in 12.38. The rookie also scored in the 200m, finishing fifth with a time of 25.10.
In the 4x400m relay, a team of Allison Sharkey, Laura Papili and Elyse Pettaway reached the podium with a third-place showing. The foursome completed the race in 3:49.20, a new top-10 Bucknell performance.
In the 4x100m relay, a team of Carli Lucke, Reiner, Sharkey and Salisbury finished fourth with a time of 47.01, now the second-fastest time in Bison history.
Papili scored in the 400m hurdles, finishing fifth with a time of 1:02.31, a new personal record. Pettaway scored in the 400m, finishing sixth with a time of 56.98, while Farmer scored in the 800m with a seventh-place effort.
Harper Stewart scored in the heptathlon, tallying 3,986 points.
“Our ladies really had a great meet,” said head coach Kevin Donner, the Patriot League Women's Coach of the Year. “They did an incredible job staying focused and weathering the storm when Boston was hitting us hard in its primary events. It was a total team effort as we scored in 21 of the 22 events. Winning a Triple Crown is special, especially with the league as strong as it is now. We had a few key injuries as well as some other adversity, but our incredible depth really prevailed.”
Bucknell will compete at the ECAC Outdoor Championships next week (May 12-14) at Princeton.
1. Bucknell, 194.5
2. Boston University, 171.5
3. Lehigh, 166
4. Army, 125
5. Navy, 88.5
6. Holy Cross, 70.5
7. Loyola (Md.), 21
8. Lafayette, 17
9. Colgate, 4
10. American, 3
Christine Bendzinski – 1st Team (4x8 relay); 2nd Team (1,500m)
Colleen Buckley – 1st Team (10,000m), 2nd Team (5,000m)
Sarah Chandler – 1st Team (4x8 relay), 2nd Team (steeplechase)
Stephanie Easse – 1st Team (discus)
Jenna Farmer – 1st Team (4x8 relay)
Kathleen Fitzgerald – 1st Team (4x8 relay)
Rebecca Skovira – 1st Team (javelin)
Molly Montalvo – 2nd Team (hammer)
Kaitlin Salisbury – 2nd Team (long jump)
Meg Sangimino – 2nd Team (javelin)
Ella Schultz – 2nd Team (shot put)
Kate Scott – 2nd Team (10,000m)