Track and field teams dominate Tune-Up meet

Dani Kaufman, Contributing Writer

Breaking records seems to be a common theme among Bison track and field athletes this season, and things were no different at the Bucknell Tune-Up meet on Feb. 9 at Gerhard Fieldhouse. The meet was highlighted by Kafilat Oladiran ’18, who beat the program record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.69 seconds, surpassing her own previous record of 8.77 seconds. Both the men and women crushed the competition, winning the event outright.

“Looking back at my career, I will always remember every hard workout we have ever had. It is these practices where you have left sometimes blood, but definitely sweat and tears on the track,” Oladiran said. “I received a lot of support from my mom, sprints and hurdles coach Coach Alexander, and my teammates who have and continue to encourage me.”

Other highlights from the meet for the women’s team include Carli Lucke ’18 setting a personal best in the 60-meter dash at 7.70 seconds, a time good enough to land her a spot at second on the top-10 all-time list, right behind Kaitlin Salisbury ’20. Continuing the momentum, the distance runners took the top place in two out of the three events.

The field events were also dominated by the Orange and Blue. Going 1-2-3-4 on the podium in the high jump, the Bison were led by Lauren Hudson ’18, who cleared a height of 5-5. Ella Schultz ’20 went on to win the shot put with an impressive throw of over 46 feet.

On the men’s side, the Bison beat Lehigh by a close margin of 1.5 points. Across the board, the Bison were consistent and finished among the top of every event. The day started with a sweep of the 800-meter run, led by Scott Gulizio ’19 with a time of 1:56.09.

Some of the standouts from the men’s field events were Nick Marino ’21, who beat his personal best from the previous week in the pole vault. C.J. Falcioni ’20 and Micah Sims ’20 won the weighted throw and the long jump, respectfully.

Coming up next for the Orange and Blue is the Patriot League Indoor Championships, which will be held from Feb. 17-18 in Gerhard Fieldhouse and marks the conclusion of the indoor season. The women’s team is vying for their fourth straight title, while the men’s team will strive for its first title since 2012.

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