Bison place second at windy Mason Spring Invitational

Annie Collett, Staff Writer


It was a cold and windy weekend as the Bison women’s track team traveled to the Mason Spring Invitational in Fairfax, VaDespite the bad weather conditions, the Orange and Blue scored 109.75 points to earn the second place title.

The Bison performed as a cohesive unit with 20 different women adding to the point total. Margaret Thomson ’19 placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Her final time was 11:09:84, which puts her seventh in the all-time record book. Lauren Hazzard ’19 finished just after Thomson in third, with a time of 11:19.05.

“I would have to say that the team did really well this weekend despite the terrible conditions. Everyone on the team tried to keep their spirits high which helped a lot when going into the race,” Thomson said.

The Bison throwers had a particularly successful weekend. Sophia Nnadi ’16 placed second in the shot put and the hammer throw. Abigail Brundage ’16 backed her up, placing third in the shot put. Ellen Kalnins ’16 and Tara Lee ’16 also earned points for the Orange and Blue in the hammer throw. Meg Sangimino ’17, Dayna Simone ’16, and Rebecca Skovira ’16 all scored in the javelin event. Emily Fisher ’18 placed fifth in the discus throw.

The Bison owned the track in the 400-meter hurdles. Chrissy Haney ’16 placed second with a time of 1:03.20, and Laura Papili ’17 placed fourth. They were followed by Katie Sabatino ’18, who earned sixth place, adding to the team’s score. Haney and Kafilat Oladiran ’18 both advanced to the final in the 100-meter hurdles, which added valuable points for the Orange and Blue.

Carly Reiner ’17 and Alexis Auman ’19 both earned points in the triple jump. Reiner finished second and Auman placed sixth out of 13 jumpers on the day.

In the 400-meter race, Allison Sharkey ’17 scored big points for the Bison, placing fifth out of 26 runners. Sarah Chandler ’17 and Christine Bendzinski ’18 shined in the 800-meter, gaining eight combined points  for the Orange and Blue. Chloe Brown ’18 also performed well in the pole vault to add to the Bison’s total.

The Orange and Blue will host their first home meet, the Bison Outdoor Classic, on April 16-17.

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