Women’s track and field divide and conquer

Jonathan Tewodros, Staff Writer

The women’s track and field team split its squad and competed in two different meets on Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Part of the squad traveled to University Park, Pa. to compete in the Penn State National Invitational at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track, while the rest of the Bison competed in the Bison Open at Gerhard Fieldhouse.

The Orange and Blue achieved success at Penn State.  The women’s 4×400 relay team, consisting of Jen Silvestri ’16, Jennifer Zymet ’14, Jess Bridle ’16, and Allison Sharkey ’17 hit an ECAC qualifying 3:53.51, placing them 12th in the race and just outside the top 10 program marks list. Also at Penn State, Emily Waksmunski ’14 finished second in her 1000 meter race, finishing in 2:59.09.

Great performances were also turned in by the Orange and Blue in the Bison Open. Megan Kirk ’16 jumped her way into the top 10 program performances list for the high jump with her leap of 5-04.50, placing her second in the meet. Carly Reiner ’17 also marked the top 10 program list, tying for fourth in the 60 meter dash (8.00). Grace Loh ’17 fared well, winning her 1000-meter race in front of the home crowd in 3:07.78.

Overall, the Bison had a positive turnout at both meets and solidified themselves as a legitimate competitor in the 2014 Patriot League Indoor Championships, which will be held in Gerhard Fieldhouse from Feb. 21-23. Before the championships, the team will once again split up the squad and compete in two meets when they travel to Ohio to compete in both the Akron Invitational in Akron, Ohio, and Youngstown State Invitational in Youngstown, Ohio. Both meets start this afternoon and continue through tomorrow.

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