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The Bison Men’s and Women’s track and field teams both performed strongly in the Bucknell Tune-up they hosted this past Friday. Although some of the team’s strongest performers were resting for the Patriot League Indoor Championships, the Bison men’s team still won six events, and the women were not far behind with four wins. 

In the long jump, Josh Tipton ’27 came in first and set a new personal best with a 22-8. Jeffrey Cianfrocca ’26 also set a personal best mark with a 6-8 leap in the high jump, where he took first place, qualifying for the IC4A meet. In the shot put, Wade Shomper ’26 and Robert Lerner ’26 finished first and second with heaves of 52-8 ¾ and 52-0 respectively, also unlocking IC4A qualification. And in the 3000-meter run, Grant Kern ’26 secured first with a time of 8:40.16. 

In the 400-meter dash, Colby Belczyk ’25 grabbed first with a time of 50.67, and in the mile run, Christian Cadmus ’24 won with a time of 4:16.32, followed by six other Bison who finished in the top ten. 

The women’s team also performed well in the mile run, with Hollie Walters ’24 securing first with a time of 5:10.70. In the 3000-meter run, Margaret McLoughlin ’25 won with a time of 10:13.44, followed by six more Bison in the top ten. 

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Christine Ajao ’25 grabbed first in the weight throw with a toss of 56-3 ¾, earning herself ECAC qualification. The top five places in this event were all Bison. 

The Bison also performed strongly in the shot put, with the top four performers all wearing Orange & Blue. Siobhan O’Sullivan ’24 secured first with a 45-6 ¼ heave, grabbing ECAC qualification as well. 

There were also a decent number of second place Bison athletes. For the women’s team, Anna Posh ’25 took second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.60 and Mari Engleby ’24 placed second in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1.20.13. Maddy Hippensteal ’24, Grace Vives ’26, Laura Posh ’27 and Aidan Smith ’26 grabbed second in the 4×400-meter relay. 

As for the men, Momo Peters ’27 tied for second in the 60-meter dash, JP Byrnes ’27 took second in the 800-meter run, and John Flammer ’27, Carter Boullard ’27, Jack Higgins ’27 and Carter Paul ’27 secured second in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:36.58.

Track and Field next compete at the Patriot League Indoor Championships on Feb. 24 and 25, in Boston.

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