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Tracks and Field has notable weekend

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Lauren Medeiros, Photography Co-Editor / The Bucknellian

On Saturday, Feb. 3, the Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Teams traveled to Penn State to participate in the Sykes and Sabock Invitational.

Beginning with the men’s team, the Bison had two new top-ten entries. Cooper Hyken ’26 finished fifth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.90, earning him fifth all-time in Bucknell History. The second Bison entering the history books was Wade Shomper’26 who threw 54-0 feet in the shot put. This throw placed him ninth in the Bucknell history books.

In the 3000-meter run, the Orange & Blue dominated, as four runners placed in the top eight: Henry Didden ’26 in second, Trent Dinant ’26 in third, Grayson Crockett ’25 in seventh, and Grant Kern ’26 in eighth.

Jack Higgins ’27 also placed ninth with a time of 4:13.41.

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In the dash events, Connor Goldfarb ’27 and Max Spaulding ’24 were fifth and sixth in the 500, while Ethan Wolford-Tuffy ’24 slotted seventh in the 200-meter dash.

In the field events, many Bucknell athletes placed in the top 10. In the shot put, Shomper earned second, Robert Lerner ’26 finished seventh, and Patrick Donaher ’26 recorded eighth. In weight throw, Dariel Guzman ’24 earned sixth and Aiden Tacker ’26 nabbed seventh. Finally, in the pole vault, Lucas Williams ’27 cleared for fifth place, while Michael Chernova ’27 was sixth. 

There was also lots of success for the Bison jumps squad. Jeffery Cianfrocca ’26 ranked sixth in the high jump, Bernard Kemp ’27 earned seventh in the long jump, Chris Sims ’25 grabbed seventh in the triple jump, and Jared Hess ’27 placed ninth in triple jump. 

For the women, an overall standout from the weekend across both teams was Meghan Quinn24. She set her eighth school record and earned a team-high amount of records held by one person. Quinn won the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.57 and crushed her competition by 2.30 seconds. This race also marked Quinn’s 22nd event victory in her career.

Another athlete who made their way into the history books was Abby Paczewski ’24. She finished seventh in the mile with a time of 4:53.35, placing her fifth in Bucknell history.

The 3000-meter run was another very competitive race among the Bucknell team. Caryn Rippey ’26 won gold, while teammates Margaret McLoughlin ’25 and Lauren Trapani ’25 placed seventh and eighth, respectively. 

In the 800-meter run, Mariana Engleby ’24 finished ninth with a time of 2:16.17.

Turning to some shorter events, Katherine Loew ’25 and Anna Posh ’25 finished top ten for the 500-meter dash; Loew clinched sixth and Posh slotted ninth. In the 600-meter run, Katrina Torelli ’27 finished eighth. 

In the field events, the Bucknell athletes filled the top ten score sheets. In the shot put Justley Sharp ’27 placed second, Siobhan O’Sullivan ’24 nabbed sixth, and Christine Ajao ’25 slotted tenth.

Turning to jumps, Karen Hull ’24 earned third in the long jump, while Lila Gaughan ’24 placed fifth. Hull was also very successful in the high jump, securing fourth place. Additionally in the high jump, Abby Kates ’24 finished seventh and Olivia Boyce ’24 earned eighth.

Finally, to close out the meet, the 4×400-meter relay of Loew, Alison Cooke ’26, Posh, and Linko finished seventh. 

Next up, Saturday, Feb. 10, both teams will travel to Cedarville, Ohio to participate in the Spire Center Collegiate meet. 

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