Bison Finds Success at Lehigh Invitational 

Lea Tarzy, Staff Writer

This past weekend, the Bison men’s and women’s track and field traveled to the Lehigh Invitational and found some success in preparation for the Bison Outdoor Classic.

Karly Renn ’25 stood out with her victory in the pole vault event, as she cleared 12-1.5 and thus launched herself to fourth place in Bison outdoor history. Renn stated “the Lehigh meet this weekend was a true spring track meet. The weather was definitely a factor, but my team and I came out on top of it and I’m really excited about my performance and what is to come for the rest of the season.”

Renn made an impression during the indoor season as well when she earned the second-best mark in school history at the Patriot League championships. Another Bison, Jenny Scott ’23, placed fifth in the same event with a height of 11-7.75. This mark trailed close behind Scott’s all-time record of 12-0.  

Several other women stood out in field events this past weekend. Both Abby Kates ’24 and Riley Beebe ’23 took second place, Kates in the high jump with a height of 5-3.75 and Beebe in the javelin event (133-11). Four different Bison ladies placed third in their respective field events: Siobhan O’Sullivan ’24 in the shot put (44-7.5), Olivia Boyce ’24 in the high jump (T-3rd, 5-1.75), Lila Gaughan ’24 in the long jump (17-4) and Abby Whitaker ’22 in the discus (139-3).  

The Orange and Blue dominated in the 400 hurdles events, securing the second, third, fourth and fifth spots.  Michaela Bracken ’22 came in second with a time of 1:03.04, and was followed closely by Mikayla Horvath ’23 (1:05.53), Ella Derstine ’25 (1:06.02) and Abby Dunne ’23 (1:07.20).  Notably, Eva Linder ’24 ran the 5000 for the first time in her college career and came fourth with a time of 18:57.23. The Bison 4×100 team, composed of Emily Grubb ’24, Noel Fullman ’25, Claire O’Keefe ’25 and Hanna Davis ’23), came in third with a time of 50.13.  

On the men’s side, many Bison athletes found themselves finishing within the top five. Robert Feeney ’24 had a successful weekend, placing second in the hammer throw with a mark of 184-1 and landing himself within the top-10 scores in Bison history. Feeney’s throw marked a new personal record as well as the eighth-best in program history. This throw was also the second-best distance thrown for the Bison in nine years. 

Feeney said, “this weekend went really well, especially for our throws group. We had personal bests across the board in certain events which is a good sign going into the end of the season. I think this weekend should be filled with more great performances from the entire team as we begin our early prep for the league championships.”  

Jack Calisi ’23 also placed within the top five for the hammer throw, throwing 172-1 to come in fifth place.

Chris Sims ’25 placed second in the triple jump (42-11.75) and Ian Lawrence ’22 trailed close behind to place third (42-9.5). The Bison took second and third in the steeplechase, as Grayson Crockett ’25 ran a 9:53.29 and placed second. Quinn McCutcheon ’25 was hot on his heels and came third with a time of 9:53.71.  

In both the men’s 4×400 and the high jump, the Bison placed third. The 4×400 team (Owen Chase ’22, Bobby Lynam ’25, Brendan O’Toole ’22 and Matt Cervon ’22) ran a 3.29.12, while first-year Grant Ellis ’25 cleared 6-3.25 in the high jump

Looking ahead to next weekend, the Orange and Blue are hosting the yearly Bison Outdoor Classic with events starting on Thursday and continuing through Saturday. Events on Friday and Saturday will be broadcasted via FloTrack. 

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