Bison Women's Track & Field's Nagotko, Wahls Set New Program Top-10 Marks at Bloomsburg Meet
April 27, 2012
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - After the final event at a cold and windy Bloomsburg Maroon & Gold Invitational on Friday night, Bucknell women's track and field had claimed nine gold medals and two program top-10 marks had fallen. Among the new entries in the Bison's record books were Kim Nagotko in the 100 meters and Kathryn Wahls in the hammer throw.
Despite putting up some of the best marks in program history, neither Nagotko nor Wahls won their respective events. Both placed second at the meet, and both earned the No. 10 spot in program annals. Nagotko clocked in at 12.37 seconds, while Wahls threw 162-5.
Wahls' mark is tied with Liz Pendleton's mark from 2005. The current junior is the first Bison to crack the top 10 in the event in two years. There is now at least one current Bison on the record list in all four throwing events.
Bucknell's victories spanned all distances and events. In addition to the 4x100 relay's win in 48.45 seconds, Katie Jessee also won the 5,000 meters. The freshman, who now has a win in each of her last two meets after earning gold in the 3,000 at last weekend's Bucknell Team Challenge, bested second-place teammate Ali Foote by more than 10 seconds on Friday. As a team, Bucknell took each of the top five places in the 5,000. Following Jessee and Foote were Sara Lederman, Zoe Gaston and Becky Snelson in third through fifth, respectively.
The Bison also put up convincing victories in the 800 and 1,500. Emily Waksmunski won the 800 by nearly four seconds, clocking in at 2:16.20, while Betsy Edinger was the top finisher in the 1,500 by 16 seconds. Edinger crossed the finish line in 4:48.57, making her the only runner to complete the four laps in less than five minutes.
Taylor Funk and Alison Daley completed the sweep in the hurdle events. Funk won the 100 hurdles in 14.62, while Daley earned gold in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:06.49.
Adding to Wahls' hammer success in the field events were wins from Emily Ando in the pole vault and Erin Norris in the javelin. Ando recorded a mark of 11-1 ¾ in a close competition in which the top three jumpers cleared the same height. Yanelis Mestre was third with the identical height of 11-1 ¾.
Norris won her first career javelin title with a throw of 123-4.
Bucknell will return to action next weekend for the Patriot League Championships. The Bison will be seeking their fourth consecutive outdoor title. Competition runs May 4-5 in Worcester, Mass.