Successful opening outdoor weekend for track & field

Holly Burns, Sports Co-Editor

Bison track and field opened up outdoor competition this week with meets against Navy and Susquehanna. The Orange and Blue recorded several strong performances on both the men’s and women’s sides, a good start for a strong outdoor season. 

Navy Invite

The women’s team secured wins in nine different events on Saturday at the Navy Invite, some Bison even recording record performances. Meghan Quinn ’24 had a breakout winter for the Orange and Blue, and continued with more strong results against Navy. Quinn won the 100 and the 200, and earned the fourth all-time record in the 100 after running a 12.06. Quinn ran a 25.30 to secure the win in the 200. 

Quinn spoke on the weekend. “The meet this weekend was a great opener for our team. My performance as well as many others were a good start to the season and I know many people got close to or set a personal best. Coming off the indoor season, I think we are all excited to get some big performances in the outdoor season,” Quinn said. 

Bridget Lalonde ’23 also had a successful weekend for the Orange and Blue, taking first in the 400 with a 57.35 and third in the 200. Emily Deschler ’22 won the 5000, and Abby Paczewski ’24 came in a close second place. 

Karen Hull ’24 also posted a strong weekend, winning first place in the high jump (5-3) and second place in the 100 meter hurdles (14.57). Jenny Scott ’23, Gianna Macones ’22 and Siobhan O’Sullivan ’24 also secured victories in their respective field events. 

The Bison 4×100 squad also earned a spot on the top 10 list, recording the fifth-fastest time in school history (47.15). Lalonde, Quinn, Macones and Hull made up the record-setting relay team. The 4×400 team also earned a notable second place with a 4:03.04. 

The Bison men also took home several big victories. Most notably, Trevor Drescher ’25 took home first place in the javelin as a first-year (185-6). Kevin Boyle ’22 earned second place in the 200 (22.67) and Rayven Sample ’24 took second place in the 400 (50.86). Matthew Perello ’24 had a third place finish in the 100 (11.20). 

Both the Bison’s relay team’s earned third place finishes. Boyle, Perello, Kameron Schreffler ’24 and Brandon Foust ’25 ran the 4×100 with a 43.90. Foust, Alex Simpson ’24, Colby Belczyk ’25 and Brian Kennedy ’22 ran the 4×400 with a 3:28.48. 

Jim Taylor Invite

Several other Bison competed at the Jim Taylor Invite versus Susquehanna this past weekend. Colleen Linko ’24 finished fifth in 400 (1:01.00). Abigail Dunne ’23 finished third place in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:08.31. 

For the men at the Jim Taylor Invite, Jeffrey Gibbs ’24 earned fifth place in the 3000m steeplechase (9:58.01). John Calisi ’23 placed sixth in the hammer throw (162-0). 

The Orange and Blue men and women will be back in action at the Colonial Relays at William & Mary this coming weekend in Williamsburg, Va. 

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