Track and Field’s success at Big Apple Invitational

Lauren Medeiros, Staff Writer

Bucknell’s Indoor Men’s and Women’s Track teams competed at the Big Apple Invitational in Staten Island, N.Y. this past Saturday. 

On the men’s side, the Bison achieved five IC4A qualifications and a new spot in the Bucknell record books.

Cooper Hyken ’26 finished third in the 60 Meter Dash with a time of 6.92 and now stands seventh in the Bucknell history books, beating his previous best by 0.01. 

Close to beating his personal record, Ethan Wolford-Tuffy ’24 won gold with a time of 49.13 in the 400 meter dash.

Robert Feeney ’24 finished his throwing event in third with a height of 57’ 7,” and John Calisi ’23 placed sixth with a height of 55’ 10 in the Weight Throw. 

To clinch the fourth-place spot, Christian Cadmus ’24 ran an excellent 4:13.83 Mile. 

Three other Bison teammates earned second place finishes. Alex Simspon ’24 ran 1:06.06 in the 500 Meter Dash, Tristan An ’25 jumped silver in the High Jump with a height of 6′ 5.25” and Chris Sims ’25 leaped 45’ 1” in the Triple jump. 

Furthermore, there were three athletes for Bucknell who scored in third place. Brian Scotto ’25 ran 8.40 in the 60 Meter Hurdles, Colby Belczyk ’25 raced 1:54.45 in the 800 Meter Run and Zachary Jelinek ’26 ran 2:29.21 in the 1000 Meter Run. 

Additionally, placing in third place was the Bucknell “A” 4×400 Meter Relay team of Rayven Sample ’24, Simpson, Belczyk and Wolford-Tuffy with a time of 3:20.42. 

More honorable mentions for the Bison were Anthony Zamarra ’23, placing fourth in Shot Put at 51’ 4.25” and Matt Federovich ’24 jumping 22’ 2.25” to end in fifth place. 

“The team performed amazingly well this weekend,” Gardy Philogene ’26 said. “Lots of talent and energy, and the spirit of competition was out of this world.”

On the women’s side, there were also several successful results, including six ECAC qualifications, and two top-ten Bucknell record book appearances. 

Throughout the day, the team put everything into their events. For Abby Kates ’24 and Bridget Lalonde ’23, they earned themselves a space in the record book. Kates leaped 5’7” in the High Jump, clinching first place at the meet and fourth in Bucknell history. In the 200 Meter Dash, Lalonde set a new personal best of 25.07, which is 0.12 seconds better than her previous time. At the meet, Lalonde placed fifth place and earned eighth all-time in Bucknell’s record book.

The six women who earned ECAC qualifications were Karen Hull ’24 in the 60 Meter Hurdles, Meghan Quinn ’24 in the 60 Meter Dash, Katherine Loew ’25 in the 500 Meter Dash, Jessie Castellano 23 in the 400 Meter Dash, Ally Clarke ’24 in the Mile Run and Abby Paczewski ’24 in the 3000 Meter Run. 

Several other athletes that stood out were Mariana Engleby ’24 in the 1000 Meter Run, Siobhan O’Sullivan ’24 in Shot Put and Lexi Gray ’23 in the Triple Jump. Additionally, the Bison 4×400 Meter Relay consisting of Mackenzie Turner ’23, Loew, Alison Cooke ’26 and Anna Posh ’25, clinched the first place victory with a time of 3:54.91. 

Bucknell prepares for the Patriot League Championships hosted by the Bison Tune-Up.

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