Hornock Breaks Women's Track's Second Record of Meet, Bison Victorious at Youngstown State Invite
Feb. 2, 2013
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Less than 24 hours after Caroline Tolli won the 1,000 meters in a school record, the senior collected a second victory in the 800 and Sasha Hornock broke a program record of her own in the 60 to help Bucknell women's track and field inch past the competition at the Youngstown State National Invitational on Saturday. The Bison won the meet with 150.16 points, less than one point ahead of second-place Duquesne.
After day one of the meet, Bucknell had a slim lead on Dayton in the team standings. The Bison grew that lead on Saturday, but Duquesne made a move to draw much closer than anyone in Bucknell's camp would have liked. By the final event, Bucknell snuck away with the team trophy with 150.16 points, compared to Duquesne's 150 in the runner-up spot. Dayton ultimately finished third in the 10-team field with 130 points.
Bucknell's depth was not quite as prevalent on Saturday as it had been at the beginning of the meet, but the Bison did see some strong individual performances in more than one event. Hornock finished third overall in the 60 meters in 7.74 seconds, a time that was one one-hundredth of a second faster than her previous career best and gave her sole possession of the school record.
Kim Nagotko was eighth in the 60-meter final with a time of 7.88. The sophomore was slightly faster in the prelims, however, and with a mark of 7.85 now ranks third all-time in program history. Nagotko also moved up to third in the 200 meters, running 25.13 for the silver medal at Youngstown State.
Tolli continued to move up the ranks at the middle distances. The senior took over the 1,000-meter school record yesterday after entering the meet with the fifth-fastest time at Bucknell. Today she went from being unranked in the 800 meters to the No. 4 spot with a time of 2:13.17. That earned her the win, while Emily Waksmunski was fifth in 2:16.72.
Tolli has now competed in five individual races over three meets this winter. She has four wins - two in the 1,000 meters, one in the mile and one in the 800 - and has not placed lower than third in those races.
Before all was said and done, Bucknell had another trio of top-three finishes at the Watson and Tressel Training Site. Beth Braunegg was second in the mile (5:01.12) and Montana DiPietrantonio placed third in the 3,000 meters (10:14.91). The 4x400 relay capped things off with a third-place finish as well, clocking in at 3:52.45, good for sixth in program annals.
Bucknell has one more meet on tap before the Patriot League Championships. The Bison will host the Bucknell Winter Classic Feb. 9 at Gerhard Fieldhouse.