Men’s and Women’s track and field comes out strong at Colonial Relays: 2nd Place for women marks best in three years

Jaylen Amaker, Senior Writer

In a large field of 49 total teams, the women’s track and field team had a strong showing and earned a second place finish at Colonial Relays in Virginia on April 3-4, tying UNCW with 70 points. The second place finish marked the highest finish for the Bison at Colonial Relays in the past three years.

The Bison competed in all seven of the relays, showing their great depth as a team. In the 1600-meter sprint medley relay, Jess Bridle ’16, Kim Nagotko ’15, Jen Silvestri ’16, and Christine Bendzinski ’18 posted a third-place finish. The Bison added another third-place finish in the distance medley relay with Sarah Chandler ’17, Elyse Pettaway ’17, Grace Loh ’17, and Katie Jessee ’15.

The fourth-place finish for the Bison came in the 4×1500 relay run by Kathleen Fitzgerald ’17, Alison Billas ’16, Kylie Pearse ’15, and Emma Cousins ’18. Efe Agege ’18 led all individual performances for the Bison with a third-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 38-1 1/2, which cracked the top 10 in the Bison record book.

The Bison also had strong performances in the throwing events, as Abigail Brundage ’16 and Stephanie Easse ’17 finished fourth in the shot put and discus, respectively. Sophia Nnadi ’16 finished sixth in both of those events.

“We had a great showing at Colonial Relays. We must take this strong performance in stride and continue to work hard to improve in a few areas. We all have one goal in mind, to win the Patriot League Championship, and after our performance this weekend it is evident that our goal is attainable,” Silvestri said.

With less than a month until the Patriot League Championship, the Bison are optimistic and competing at a high level. The Bison return to Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium as they host their first home event of the outdoor season, the Bison Outdoor Classic on April 11-12.

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