Track and Field battles at Bucknell: 17 conference qualifiers set as Huskies continue road to PSAC’s

Jake McDonnell, Sports Editor

      Bloomsburg University men’s and women’s track and field Theteams competed at the two-day Bucknell Outdoor Classic. The men totaled 10 qualifiers for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships (May 3-5), while the women finished with seven qualifiers.

Saturday, Apr. 14

     The men’s team had six qualifiers during Saturday’s events. Three of the six qualifiers came in the javelin throw, as redshirt sophomore Stephen Larid (seventh, 57.59 meters), freshman Jason Jablonowski (25th, 50.97 meters), and sophomore Matthew Hart (28th, 50.40 meters) all made it under the conference standard. Laird currently ranks tied for fifth in the conference this season after setting an NCAA provisional mark last weekend at the Millersville Metrics (58.85 meters).

     In the unseeded 1500-meter run, two Bloomsburg juniors made it under the PSAC standard. Tom Moser posted a time of 4:04.68, with Eric Heatwole coming in just eight-hundredths of a second later with a mark of 4:04.76.

     The last qualifier for the men on Saturday was senior Daniel Neiswender’s 38th overall finish in the unseeded 10000-meter run, clocking in at 32:40.20. This time is the 12th-best mark in the PSAC this season.


     For the women, three PSAC qualifiers were set during Saturday’s action, with only six Huskies competing. On the track, senior Hannah Boudreau competed in the 10000-meter invitational, finishing almost two minutes under the PSAC standard with a mark of 38:00.68. Boudreau’s time is the third-best mark in the conference so far this season.

     The last two PSAC qualifiers of the day came in the field events. Senior Rachael Sullivan competed in the discus, finishing with a season-best mark of 39.05 meters to finish 15th overall in the event. This mark places Sullivan sixth in the conference this season. In the javelin, sophomore Amanda Aulenbach threw for 39.17 meters, placing her 16th in the event. She also ranks sixth in the conference this season after throwing 40.18 meters in the outdoor season opener at the West Chester Quad Meet.

Sunday, Apr. 15

      The men’s team wrapped up the weekend with four more PSAC qualifiers on Sunday. In the 10000-meter run, junior Nick McGuire took second place, coming in at 32:21.55, trailing only Dan Buccino of East Stroudsburg, This mark set a new personal-best time for McGuire, who’s previous best mark was 32:42.31, set over two years ago. McGuire now ranks ninth in the conference in this event. Sophomore Zach Bitner also qualified in the same event, taking sixth place at 32:50.70. He now ranks 18th in the conference.

    In the 400-meter dash, senior Austin Kline qualified with a 12th-place finish of 50.15. He currently ranks 12th in the conference in this event. Fellow senior Alex Moran took 23’rd in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.39. Moran still ranks 11th in the conference after setting a mark of 56.73 at West Chester.


     Just like the men, the woman’s team landed four PSAC qualifiers on Sunday. Senior Carli Dedics took fifth overall in the 200-meter dash, setting a personal-best time of 25.64. Her previous personal-best time, 25.89, was set during the 2017 Maroon and Gold Invitational. Sullivan also set a personal-best time on Sunday, placing 19th in the hammer throw at 46 meters, good for an eighth-place mark in the conference. At last year’s PSAC Outdoor Championships, Sullivan set a then-personal-best throw of 45.74 meters.

     The last two qualifiers both came in the 800-meter run. Sophomore Madison Mimnaugh took 52nd at 2:21.75, while freshman Autumn Avery came in right behind for a 57th-place finish of 2:22.03. This set season-best times for both women in an event that included 141 runners.
Both the men’s and women’s track and field competed at the Shippensburg Invitational on Wednesday, Apr. 18. The Huskies will return to Bucknell University this weekend to compete in the Bucknell Team Challenge on Saturday, Apr. 21.

     You can see the Huskies in action for their only home meet of the 2018 outdoor season, the Maroon and Gold Invitational, which takes place on Saturday, Apr. 28.