Track Continues Success at Bucknell Invitational

Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams had good runs over the weekend at the Bucknell Invitational.

Sophomore Ed Sheridan got the weekend off to a good start with his 10,000-meter run Friday night, coming in with a time of 31:02.33. The time was good enough to be sixth in the Colgate record books and first in the Patriot League this year. Joining Sheridan with good performances on that Friday night were sophomore Dan Gleason and senior Emmett Weatherford, as each turned in personal-best times in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters, respectively.

In the shorter distance events on Saturday, the men’s team saw one of its runners shine again and a new face turn in a fine performance. Just as he had the night before, Gleason turned in a personal-record time in the 800-meter run, with a time of 1:55.61. Junior Phil Natoli, who had not run the night before, took third place in the 400-meter hurdles, with a time of 54.95.

Much like the men’s team, the women saw their weekend get off to a good start, thanks to solid performances by several distance runners. Sophomore Julie Tarallo posted a personal-record time in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 37:43.99, while first-year Kendall Lyons set the Colgate first-year record in the 1,500-meters with a time of 4:44.63.

During the field events, junior Sarah Chabal set a personal-record in the triple-jump with a mark of 11.33 meters. Her jump was good enough for third-best in Colgate history, and second-best in the Patriot League this year.

Despite many highlights from the weekend, the women’s short distance team stole the show. Sophomore Michele Miller placed tenth in the 200 meters and seventh in the 400 meters. Miller’s 4x100m team, joined by junior Ashley Niness and seniors Ashley Mecone and Curry Knox, won the relay with a time of 48.37, and that was only the team’s second best finish this year.

Although Knox was a part of that winning relay, her individual performances were the most amazing. Knox ran a personal-best and school record time of 11.80 in the 100-meters, breaking her own record of 12.01, which she had set in 2006. The time was also the Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium record. Adding hurdles to the 100-meters did nothing to slow Knox, as she once again ran a personal-best and school record time in the event, this time at 14.53. For her efforts, Knox was named the ECAC Division I Women’s Track Athlete of the Week.

The men’s track and field team will go to Holy Cross for an eight-team track meet, while the women’s team will participate in the Larry Ellis and Moravian Invitationals.