Salisbury breaks 100-meter dash school record

Dani Kauffman and Brittany Willwerth

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Members from both the women’s and men’s track and field teams competed in the Virginia Quad and the Loyola-Hopkins Invitational on April 6. In Virginia, the women defeated Georgetown 88-38, tied Maryland 67-67, and fell to Virginia 77-59. Meanwhile, the men earned victories over Georgetown and Maryland, 83-27 and 65-53, respectively, while picking up a loss to Virginia 76-45. At the Loyola-Hopkins Invitational, both teams finished sixth overall.

On the women’s side, the standout of the weekend was Kaitlin Salisbury ’20, who broke the school record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.84 seconds. Her record-setting race earned her second place in the event. While she celebrates her accomplishment, this is just the first of many goals for Salisbury, who is just starting to build momentum in many other events.

“This outdoor season I’ve set one goal: I want to make it to the first round of NCAA’s in long jump,” Salisbury said.

Also contributing to the Bison’s success was consistent distance runner Christine Bendzinski ’18, who won the 1500-meter race with a time of 4:29.49. Picking up another first place finish was Maura Fiamoncini ’21, who won the javelin throw for the second week in a row. Fellow freshman Alexandra Butz ’21 finished third in the pole vault, while Tia Tardy ’21 finished second in the 800-meter run. Madeleine Hunt ’21 provided another highlight, winning the 5,000-meter race with a personal best of 17:51.91 in Baltimore.

On the men’s side, in his first meet of the season, Aidan Krombolz ’21 took the top spot in javelin with a distance of 209-11. Nicholas Lombardo ’18 delivered a strong performance as well, placing second for the high jump and fifth in the long jump. Among the shot putters, the Bison claimed third through sixth place.

Jeffrey Brown ’20 finished second in the 100-meter dash, while also picking up a sixth-place finish in the 200-meter with a time of 22.45.

“To tie Maryland and beat Georgetown shows that we have a balanced team. The performances were very strong,” head coach Kevin Donner said.

The Bison return to action April 14-15 to compete in the Bison Outdoor Classic at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.

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