Men’s and women’s track gear up for Patriot League Championships

Roger Mellado, Senior Writer

Both the Bison men’s and women’s track and field teams competed this past Saturday, April 24 in their final tune up before the Patriot League Championships.

There were a number of standouts on both the men’s and women’s teams. On the track, Ashley Blair ’21 was a star. Blair took first place in what turned out to be more of an emotional race than was expected and nearly cracked an all-time Bison record in the 1500 with a time of 4:40.04. 

“This weekend was a great tune-up for the Patriot League Championships this weekend. I had the honor of running in a secondary event with my senior teammates (Kelsey Bordash, Sarah Bain and Kaitlin Ryan) who were running their last race,” Blair said. “The win was great, but it was definitely a bitter-sweet moment since I won’t be racing with some of my senior teammates again. The team has a great attitude going into this weekend considering last year’s competition was canceled. I think we’re all going into this meet trying to make up for what we lost last year. It should be a great weekend.”

Besides Blair, a number of other men and women earned a top four position in their events. Katie Phillips ’22 also landed on the podium, earning herself a second place finish in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:05.58. 

Dylan Pearman ’24 posted a dominant time in the 200, narrowly losing to Monmouth with a 22.96 time. Sam Lopes ’22 placed third in the triple jump by jumping 37-5. 

Dom Campagna ’23 finished third, narrowly beating his teammate Ryan Miele ’22, in the 5000 with a time of 15:37.08 over Miele’s 15:43.33. Matt Federovich ’24 also took a podium finish in the long jump, earning third with a 21-10. Sprinter Max Spaulding ’24 also finished third in the 400 hurdles with a 58.52. 

For the throwers, James Kelly ’21 earned second in the javelin with a 186-8. Robert Feeney ’24 finished fourth in the hammer with a 178-1. 

The men’s and women’s teams had a solid day on the track and in the field, gearing up for a redemption bout at the Patriot League Championship meet. After the Bison were stripped of a chance to compete outdoors last year due to COVID-19, this Friday, April 30 they are looking to take back what’s theirs.

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