Bridle and Bison ready for PL Championships

Reagan Cerney, Staff Writer

Women’s Track and Field took nine victories at the Bucknell Tune-Up, including victories from Jess Bridle’16 and Sophia Nnadi ’16. The lady Bison had several other outstanding performances on the Feb. 12 meet as well. Over half the events had Orange and Blue athletes as first-place finishers and all events had Bison in the top-10.

Bridle continued her successful indoor season as she tied the school record in the 60-meter dash, placing first with a time of 7.74 seconds. Bridle was only .06 seconds from the facility record.

“I love this team so much. I am able to spend every day training with my best friends,” Bridle said.

Nnadi had a set of impressive throws to reclaim her Patriot League Female Field Athlete of the Week title. In the shot put she placed first with a throw of 46-6. She also threw a personal record in the weight throw with 53-10 ½, which places her seventh on the school’s record list. Nnadi has top-10 school performances in every throwing event aside from javelin.

On the track, Kafilat Oladiran ’18 placed first in the 60-meter hurdles with an ECAC-qualifying time of 8.80 seconds, and she earned second in the 60 meter dash. Chrissy Haney ’16 and Laura Papili ’17 tied for first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.62. Emma Harris ’18 continued her winning streak in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:16.47. In the longer distances, Deanna Godby ’16 finished with a time of 10:08.25 in the 3000-meter run.

“I think we have a really close and strong team this year. Boston is our number one competition, and they have a lot of very strong individuals, but we are very strong as a whole and we want it. This meet is what we train for all year, and with our depth and strength as a team I know we can come out as the league champs again,” Harris said.

In the field, Chloe Brown ’18 represented the Bison and placed first in the pole vault, soaring over an impressive height of 11-3¾. This mark places her on the University top-10 list. Kim Lapszynski ’17 and Devon McDonald ’16 took second and third in the long jump with marks of 18-4 ½ and 18-3 ¾, respectively. Alexis Auman ’19 beat out her closest competitor in triple jump with a leap of 36-7.

The Bison will conclude their indoor spring season as they travel to Boston to compete in the Patriot League Indoor Championships Feb. 19-21 to reclaim their championship title.

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