Track and Field competes at Bucknell for second weekend: Bloomsburg hosts lone home outdoor meet on Saturday

Jake McDonnell, Sports Editor

      On Saturday, the Bloomsburg University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Bucknell Team Challenge. The women’s team finished in fourth place with 51 points and nine Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship qualifiers, while the men took seventh place with 24 team points and 11 qualifiers.


       In the 400-meter dash, Carli Dedics qualified for the PSAC Championships with a personal-best time of 57.58, putting her at fourth place in both the event and the conference. Sarah Gottschalk also qualified, coming in at 59.09.

      Coming in at eighth place in the 400-meter hurdles was Alaina Pearson, who took eighth place with a qualifying mark of 1:07.55. In the 200-meter dash, Kathleen Stevenson qualified with a ninth-place mark of 25.65.

      Hannah Boudreau won the 3000-meter run (10:05.85), while Autumn Avery posted a season-best mark in the 800-meter run, qualifying at 2:21.71.
Competing in the triple jump for the first time in the outdoor season, Kirsten O’Malley set the sixth-place mark in the conference when she jumped 11.53 meters to win the event and qualify for PSAC’s. In the discus throw, Rachael Sullivan took second with a personal-best throw of 40.23 meters. The throw moved Sullivan to eighth in the PSAC this season and marked the first time that Sullivan reached 40 meters in her collegiate career.
The final qualifiers for Bloomsburg on Saturday came in the javelin and the high jump. Amanda Aulenbach finished fourth in the javelin at 36.46 meters, and Amanda Simone jumped 1.60 meters in the high jump for a seventh-place finish.


      The men’s action on Saturday was highlighted by Stephen Laird’s NCAA provisional mark in the javelin. Laird won the event at 58.76 meters, which tied him for fifth place in the PSAC and 29th in the country.

      On the track, both Tom Moser (seventh place, 4:03.15) and Hunter Jarratt (ninth place, 4:03.64) qualified for PSAC’s and set personal best times. Alex Moran qualified for two different events – a personal-best time of 16.05 in the 110-meter hurdles (sixth place), and 56.69 in the 400-meter hurdles (ninth place). Austin Kline took third overall in the 400-meter dash, crossing the line at 49.46. Ben Williams qualified for the first time in the outdoor season in the same event, grabbing sixth place with a personal-best time of 50.30. Eric Heatwole hit a personal-best time of 1:56.41 in the 800-meter run to qualify at 10th overall. Danny Dugan posted the fastest time of his collegiate career in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a fourth-place qualifying time of 9:55.40.

      Matthew Loeh was Bloomsburg’s lone qualifier in the field events, hitting the conference standard in the hammer throw at 43.17 meters, a personal-best mark that put him at ninth in the conference. In the high jump, AJ Peapos hit the conference mark with a sixth-place finish of 1.85 meters. The mark tied a personal-best mark that he had set in the West Chester Quad meet that opened up the outdoor season.

      This week, both the men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete at the Penn Relays on Thursday, Apr. 26th in Philadelphia. This Saturday, Apr. 28, the Huskies will compete in their lone home event of the outdoor season as they host the Maroon and Gold Invitational from Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium.