Record-breaking weekend for women’s track and field at Penn State National Invitational and Bison Open

Samantha Woolford, Staff Writer

Jan. 30-31 proved to be a record-breaking weekend for the women’s track and field team. Two meets, the Penn State National Invitational and the Bison Open, saw successful performances from a wide array of Orange and Blue athletes.

On Jan. 30, the team traveled to University Park for the Penn State National Invitational. Catherine Scott ’17 came in third in the 5000 meter run, her time of 17:11:05 earning her a spot in the ECAC Championships. Her time was also the third-fastest in the program’s history.

The next day, Christine Bendzinski ’18 came in third place in the 1000 meter run in 2:50.68, the second fastest in program history. Deanna Godby ’16 came in fifth for the mile (5:03.29), Chrissy Haney ’16 came in sixth in the 500 meter (1:17.09), and Kim Nagotko ’15 came in eighth in the 200 meter (25.09).

The Bison Open also proved to be a successful meet for the women. The team won the distance medley relay and Yanelis Mestre ’15 came in first in the pole vault, performing her best of the season with 11-03.75 on her first attempt. Kristin Sundy ’15 came in fourth for the same event.

Abigail Brundage ’16 was third in the shot put, with a toss of 43-05.25. Thrower Sophia Nnadi ’16 participated in her first competition of the season, coming in fourth in the shot put. Efe Agege ’18 landed on the number two spot of the University’s all-time record for the triple jump, with her leap of 39-06.50. Lauren Hudson ’18 also placed first out of 18 athletes in the high jump.

On Feb. 6-7, the Orange and Blue will split the squad and travel to two different meets: one group will go to the Youngstown Invitational in Ohio and another group will travel to Indiana for the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational.  

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