Women’s track and field dominates at home meet – Look forward to Patriot League Championships

Jonathan Tewodros, Staff Writer

The women’s track and field team proved themselves as contenders for the Patriot League Championship on Feb. 14 by performing well in the Bucknell Tune-Up at Gerhard Fieldhouse. The Orange and Blue competed against Bloomsburg, Shippensburg, and Lehigh, preparing themselves for this weekend’s Patriot League Championship bout.

The Bison turned in a slew of great performances, earning seven first-place finishes and five ECAC performances. The five ECAC performances consisted of Hana Casalnova ’14 winning the 800 meter race (2:15.67), while Emily Waksmunski ’14 and Betsy Edinger ’15 claimed first and second in the 1000 meter race, finishing in 2:55.08 and 2:58.15 respectively. Emily Ando ’14 tied for first place in the women’s pole vault (11-09.75), and the 4×400 meter relay team of Jennifer Zymet ’14, Jess Bridle ’16, Allison Sharkey ’17, and Jenn Silvestri ’16 combined for the gold (3:52.82).

Three more Bison also contributed first-place finishes during the meet. Laura Papili ’17 finished first in the 500 meter race (1:19.38), while Alyssa Cardillo ’14 leaped ahead of the rest in the long jump (17-08.75). Sophia Nnadi ’16 won the weight throw with a heave of 50-09.25, and finished second in the shot put.

The Indoor Track and Field Patriot League Championship Meet at Gerhard Fieldhouse will start today at noon.

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