Athlete of the Week: Karen Hull ‘24

Caleb Wooten, Staff Writer

Another week, another record for Bucknell Women’s Track and Field standout Karen Hull ’24. Hull was part of two record-breaking performances in both the 4×100 relay as well as high jump. 

Hull’s mark of 5-8 ¾ broke the previous record by an inch, solidifying her mark in school history and also the nation. Hull’s jump was the best in the Patriot League this year and ranks her as number 62 in the country. 

The standout junior also received conference honors, as Hull won Patriot League Women’s Field Athlete of the Week. 

“This season, I’ve really just been focused on getting back into the swing of things after my injury,” Hull said. “After the Patriot League Indoor Championships, I found out I had a strained meniscus and MCL as well as a shifted patella. It’s been tough to try to get back to the performances I was having while managing these injuries, so this weekend was definitely a confidence booster.”

Hull continues to be the it-factor for the Bison, and will rely on her greatly in their championship run. Hull has solidified herself as one of the best hurdlers and high jumpers in the Patriot League, and is looking to score major points in both events. Hull thinks that the Bison have a chance to do something special at Patriot League Outdoor Championships.

“I’ve been trying to take it one day at a time and not put too much pressure on myself, which has helped a lot. I was actually able to clear 5-8 in practice for a few reps leading up to the meet, which was higher than the school record at the time, so I felt really confident that I could get the record,” she said. “I knew I just had to go out there and do it, and I’m glad I was able to do just that.”

The Orange and Blue return to action this weekend with meets at the Penn Relays and the Maroon & Gold Invitational.

“We have to be hungry and keep chasing success,” Hull said. “We have had a lot of success during these meets, and we want to continue that at Patriot Leagues. If we go out there and compete, enjoy the moment and don’t put too much pressure on ourselves, we can really do something special at Leagues.” 

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