Nagotko makes record books, goes undefeated in 400, 200 meter dash

Katherine Harris , Senior Writer

On Jan. 24 the women’s track and field team competed at home to win the Gulden Invitational for the second straight year, easily ousting the field with eight individual wins and two relay wins on the day.

“I was really excited about how the team did overall. Everyone performed competitively and was supportive of one another. It was also a great opportunity to see the freshmen perform and further see what they are capable of. This meet truly showed just how strong the team dynamic is both on and off the track,” Kim Nagotko 15 said.  

Nagotko once again performed strongly coming off a Patriot League Track Athlete of the week award, with wins in the 400-meter dash (57.11 ECAC) and the 200-meter dash (25.20 ECAC).  

“I was pretty happy with my performance this past weekend … That being said, I know there is a lot of room for improvement in each and I look forward to developing the skills needed to be successful in each event,” Nagotko said.

Jenn Silvestri 16 also recorded an ECAC qualifying time in the 500 meter race, winning the event in 1:16.55. In the 60-meter hurdles, Kafilat Oladiran 18 earned a top finish for the Bison with a time of 8.91.  

The Bison also dominated in the longer distance events. In the 800, Reagan Cerney 17 took first in 2:19.85, followed by Morgan Roche 15 and Grace Loh 17 in second and third. Sarah Chandler 17 earned first place in the 1000-meter run (2:58.92), while Katie Jessee 15 and Christine Bendzinski 18 went one-two in the mile. In the 3000-meter, Kate Scott 17, Deanna Godby 16, and Montana DiPietrantonio 15 swept the top three spots easily for the Orange and the Blue. Meghan Carroll 16 and Brennan Sharkey 18 also took second and third in the 5000-meter run.  

In the field events, Jenna Calandro 18 led the way to her second home victory by clearing 11-03.75 in the pole vault. She was followed by teammates Yanelis Mestre 15 and Rebekka Vuojolainen 15 in the second and third spots. Abigail Brundage 16 took third in the shot put for the Bison, and Lauren Hudson 18 earned a third place finish in the high jump to round out the Bison team victory.  

On Jan. 30-31 the squad will compete in two separate events: the Bison Open and Multi and the Penn State National Invitational.

“We’re about a month away from Patriot Leagues so mainly [we need to work on] just keeping that in mind and staying focused on reaching goals and hitting marks in order to be successful during our championship,” Nagotko said.

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