Jan. 15, 2010
AKRON, Ohio - Sarah Moniz (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet Regional) won the mile and three other Bison recorded ECAC-qualifying marks as Bucknell women's track and field took fourth place at the Akron Quad on Friday night. Sasha Hornock (Dover, Pa./Dover) and Jennifer Pierce (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J./Northern Highlands) also earned a place among the top runners in program history, clocking top-10 times.
Moniz claimed the only victory for the Bison at the competitive meet, finishing the mile in 5 minutes, 5.98 seconds. It was the first race of the indoor season for the junior after earning First Team All-Patriot League honors in cross country this fall.
Hornock continued her successful run in the 60-meter dash. One week after breaking into Bucknell's top-10 in the event, the freshman improved her time to 7.99 seconds, moving into a tie for fourth place all-time at the university. Hornock placed seventh overall at the meet.
Pierce placed second overall, less than one second behind South Florida's Shaniel Chambers, in the 500 meters. Her time of 1:15.94 is the seventh-best in Bucknell program history and qualifies her for the ECAC Championship in March.
Also putting up marks qualify her for the ECACs yet again was Chelsey Musante (Shelton, Conn./Shelton) in both the weight throw and shot put. Musante finished second in the shot put with a throw of 44 feet, seven inches and third in the weight throw with a mark of 56-6.
Sarah Bella (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) also excelled in the shot put for another week. The sophomore thrower was third with a distance of 42-9 3/4. Bella also placed sixth in the weight throw (47-7 3/4).
Among other Bison finishing in the top five were Caroline Tolli
(Lockport, N.Y./Lockport) and Allison Janda
(Plymouth, Mich./Salem) in the 800. Tolli just edged her teammate with a second-place time of 2:19.00, while Janda was third in 2:19.06.
Janda and Pierce later teamed up with Jamie Leacock (Howell, N.J./Howell) and Lindsay Appel (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) in the 4x400 relay to take second (3:58.07) behind the squad from Cincinnati. It was the second top-three finish of the night for Appel who also took third in the 400 (59.11).
Completing the group of top finishers for the Bison was Stephanie Fulmer (Pottstown, Pa./St. Pius X). Fulmer crossed the line in 10:14.40, claiming fifth in the 3000 meters.
Bucknell narrowly missed a third-place finish in the team standings. With 105 points, the Bison nearly topped South Florida, which took third with 111.5 points. Cincinnati won the meet (140.5 points), followed by the host Akron (136).
When the Orange and Blue return to action, it will be on their home track. The Bison will host the Bucknell Heptagonal at Gerhard Fieldhouse on Saturday, Jan. 23.