Women’s Track and Field makes history

Madison Rehak, Staff Writer

This past weekend, the Bucknell Women’s Track and Field team competed in the Scarlet White Invitational in Boston, Mass. and was the clear champion in the majority of the events. 

The pole vaulters on the team were sent to the Sykes & Sabock Invitational to compete, as well. 

There were countless record breaking scores, times and events for the Orange and Blue in the Scarlet White Invitational. 

Meghan Quinn ’24 is now third in Bucknell history in the 200m dash event with a time of 24.68 seconds, earning ninth place overall in the event and an ECAC qualification. 

Caryn Rippey ’26 continued her strong career in her rookie campaign in the 3000 meter run. She placed ninth in Bucknell history with a time of 9:50.35 and 14th in the event, earning another ECAC qualification for the Bison. 

Bucknell also grabbed four out of the seven top spots in the high jump event. Abby Kates ’24 clinched the third sport with a jump of 5’5” (her personal best), Karen Hull ’24 placed fourth with a score of 5’5”, Olivia Boyce ’24 was named fifth place with a jump of 5’3” and Madeline Lehker ’26 clinched seventh place at a score of 5’3”. 

Hull also claimed sixth place in the 60 meter hurdles event with a time of 8.84, while Kate Amaddio ’23 placed sixth in the 5000 meter run with a time of 17:37.15. Lila Gaughan ’24 clinched seventh place in the long jump with a distance of 16′ 11.5”. 

Bridget Lalonde ’23 made Bucknell history with three top-ten finishes and two ECAC qualifications. She ran a time of 55.83 seconds in the 400 meter dash, placing ninth in the event, while also earning second place in Bucknell history of the event. She was only 0.5 seconds behind the first place holder and earned an ECAC qualification. She placed twenty-fifth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.19 and is now in eight place in Bucknell history for the event. 

The last event she made a top-ten appearance in was the 4×400 meter relay with the help of her teammates, Katherine Loew ’25, Jessie Castellano ’23 and Quinn. The team earned sixth place in the invitation for this event with a time of 3:45.21, making them fourth place in Bucknell history for the event. 

Going into this weekend everyone was excited to travel to Boston, as it is historically known to be the ‘fastest track in the world,” Lalonde said. “This meet was competitive with regionally ranked teams as well as some professional runners. It was good preparation for the Patriot League Championship at the end of this month. Overall, the team performed well. There were several personal records as well as people making the all-time top-ten list. This momentum will help us as we approach the championship segment of our indoor season.”

In the Sykes & Sabock Invitational, Jennifer Scott ’23 and Elizabeth Bryant ’26 were sent to represent the Bison and placed in third and fourth in the pole vaulting event. Scott clinched third place with a height of 11-3.75 and Bryant followed in fourth with a height of 10-10. 

This weekend, the team will be competing in the Big Apple Classic in Staten Island. 

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