Women’s track and field tops Gulden Invitational

Leah Fogelsanger, Sports Section Co-Editor

On Jan. 25, for the second week in a row, the Bison women’s track and field team topped the competition in Gerhard Fieldhouse. Finishing ahead of Delaware, Saint Francis, Shippensburg, East Stroudsburg, Mount St. Mary’s, Bloomsburg and Johns Hopkins, the Orange and Blue captured eight titles throughout the day.

Gianna Macones ’22 collected prominent performances for the Bison, placing first in the long jump with a distance of 18-6. Macones went on to finish second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.04.

Also capturing a first-place title was Tara Lyons ’22, who led the pack in the 1000 meter race, crossing the finish line with a time of 2:57:77. Later that afternoon, Lyons contributed to the second-place 4×800 team consisting of Gianna Mincones ’20, Madeleine Hunt ’21 and Becca Rooney ’20.

“This race has me really excited for the rest of the season.  A lot of people are starting to perform really well and breakthrough, which is helping us build the strong mentality as well as the momentum our team’s plans to carry into the championship season,” Lyons said.

Within the longer races, Emily Deschler ’22 finished first in the 3000, while Ashlyn Ramos ’22 collected the top spot in the 5000.

In more field action, Delia Sipe ’21 secured first place in the shot put competition with a score of 45-2.25. Earning herself Women’s Field Athlete of the Meet, Alex Butz ’21 finished second in both the high jump and pole vault competition, earning scores of 5-5 and 11-7.75, respectively.

“I would say as a whole, we performed really well and our performance showed that we are competitors. So far this season we have been focusing on beating other teams and trusting that good marks and times will come along with that,” Butz said. “It’s early in the season, so we’re all excited to see where we can go from here.”

The women’s team will return to action next weekend when part of the team travels to compete in the Penn State National Open, while some compete in the Bison Open and Multi.

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