SELINSGROVE, Pa.- Freshman Maura Fiamoncini had the performance of the meet, absolutely obliterating the school record in the javelin throw, and the Bucknell women’s track and field team won 13 events on Saturday at the Jim Taylor Invitational just down the road at Susquehanna.
Fiamoncini, a native of nearby Mt. Carmel, Pa., put on an electrifying display in the javelin throw in her collegiate debut. In winning the event, Fiamoncini bettered Laura Rycek’s seven-year-old school record by over 25 feet, with a toss of 184-5. Rycek held the previous mark of 158-7 since 2011. Fiamoncini put herself in position to qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Meet and now has the second-best throw in the country. Michelle Hildebrand of Saint Francis was runner-up in the meet with a throw of 158-3.
Another first-year competitor, Jennifer Dietrich, racked up the most wins of any Bison competing. She won both the 200 (26.14) and 400-meter dashes (57.03). The rookie wasn’t the only one to perform well, as the Bison took the top five spots in the 200m standings. Emily Ryan (2nd, 26.42), Carli Lucke (3rd, 26.47), Rebecca Rooney (4th, 26.66), and Taylor Kennedy (5th, 26.75) all broke the 27-second threshold.
Rooney placed third in the 400m, while Natalie Waterhouse, Ryan, Taylor Kennedy and Shaylyn Fahey finished fourth, fifth, sixth, and ninth, respectively. The success on the track continued behind freshmen Tiara Tardy and Payton Capes, who finished first and second in the 1,500m. Tardy clocked in at 4:45.46 and Capes at 4:47.33. Lauren Hazzard (4th, 4:51.89), Madeleine Hunt (5th, 4:52.23) and Gianna Mincone (7th, 4:52.97) also placed inside the top-10.
Senior Kafilat Oladiran won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.86. Bucknell continued its excellent outing in the hurdles by taking the first four spots in the 400-meter intermediates. Alison Varano (1st, 1:05.69), Katie Sabatino (2nd, 1:06.08), Cayleigh Glew (3rd, 1:08.15), and Chelsea Reynolds (4th, 1:08.44) were the top finishers.
Molly Montalvo threw herself into the number five spot on Bucknell’s all-time list in the hammer throw. She put up an impressive personal-best of 175-6 to cruise by the rest of the competition. Senior Lauren Hudson showed why she’s one of the best high jumpers in the Patriot League, clearing 5-3 ¾ to finish first. Her teammates Lexy Forrestal (2nd, 5-3 ¾), and Alexandra Butz (3rd, 5-1 ¾) helped secure the top three positions in the event for the Bison.
"Today’s meet was a very good rust-buster for us,” head coach Kevin Donner said. "We had a long layoff along with Spring Break and were not expecting huge marks. We had a lot of wins and high places and set ourselves up nicely for our next meet at Virginia. Maura’s mark in the javelin was a big highlight."
Bucknell returns to action on Saturday, Apr. 7, when part of the team travels to Virginia to compete at the Virginia Quad, while others will participate in the Hopkins-Loyola Invitational.