It was a productive weekend for the Bloomsburg University indoor men and women’s track and field teams this past Friday and Saturday. The Huskies traveled to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania for the Bison Open and Multi Invitational hosted by Bucknell University.
The men’s team pulled off a great meet as they were able to hit five PSAC championship qualifying times during Friday and Saturday.
The first Husky to earn a PSAC time was junior Hunter Jarratt. Jarratt was able to get fourth place in the individual 1-mile run. His time was 4:27.89.
This Husky was not done yet though, and managed to earn another PSAC qualifying mark in the 800-meter run. With an impressive time of 2:00.30, Jarratt not only won third place overall, but a chance to race in the championships.
Another junior, Matthew Hart reached a PSAC qualifying time in the weight throw event. The junior earned 12th place overall with his throwing distance of 14.88 meters. He also hit a personal best in the shot put event. His throw of 12.97 meters grabbed the 16th overall spot for the Huskies.
In the 60-meter dash, redshirt senior Marcus Gray nailed a PSAC qualifying time in the fifth heat of the event. A seventh place overall spot was earned by Gray after he crossed the finish line in 7.14 seconds.
A time of 4:30.53 was earned by junior Christopher McCormick who took home seventh overall, after his race. The sophomore Justin Ziegler ran the mile in 5:01.32, his personal best for the season.
A college-best time was earned in the 3000-meter race by freshman Wayne Reiley. Reiley ran his event with a time of 9:13.77 and took home the 11th overall spot for the Huskies. The Huskies were also able to nab the seventh overall spot in the 5000-meter event. Sophomore Kevin Konyar crossed the finish line with a personal best time of 16:10.04.
The team of McCormick, Gray, senior Eric Heatwole, and junior Ahmed Toure posted up the eighth-best PSAC time for this season in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:35.17.
It was a stellar performance for the women’s track and field team as well; the Huskies managed to rack up eight qualifying marks for the PSAC championship and six personal-bests for the year.
Sophomore Sydney Sheaffer captured the second overall spot for the Huskies in the high jump event. She jumped a distance of 1.54 meters and earned a PSAC qualifying spot. Her distance was a mere 0.01 meters away from her personal best.
The duo of junior Kathleen Stevenson and sophomore Ashley Blannard were dynamic in the field during the meet, both grabbing PSAC qualifying marks for their performance in the jumping events. Blannard jumped a distance of 5.29 meters in the long jump, which gave her fourth place.
She also displayed proficiency in the high jump event where she jumped 10.94 meters. This jump not only earned her the fourth overall place, but was the 10th-best distance is the PSAC for the season. Stevenson nailed a PSAC qualifying spot after a long jump of 5.24 meters, which got her fifth place.
Field dominance continued for the Huskies as senior Amanda Aulenbach finished second in the pentathlon with a score of 2984. Close behind was the sophomore Lauren O’Malley. O’Malley took seventh place for the Huskies after she scored her career-high 2620 in the pentathlon.
The Huskies managed to earn some points in the shot put event after freshman Molly Raville grabbed the 29th overall spot. She threw a career-high 8.92 meters.
The weight toss event saw freshman Becca Avery take the spotlight as her career-high throw of 13.05 scored her a qualifying PSAC mark. Her shot put skills were also on full display as she fired off a throw of 9.66 meters.
Fifth overall in the 400-meter run was earned by freshman Sarah Castronova. Castronova finished her race with a time of 1:00.65. This time was not only a personal-best, but a PSAC qualifying mark.
A pair of Huskies showed off their mid-distance skill in the 800-meter dash. The duo of sophomore Kathryn Blair and junior Autumn Avery both captured PSAC qualifying marks from the race.