Tuesday, April 15, 2014

School-record form

Thanks to Dan Asaro, dad of record-setting sprinter Danielle Asaro, for providing this full-stride picture of sophomore Zach Berzal in his record-setting 400-meter hurdle race on Sunday at Bucknell.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bucknell Bison: Men's results, day 2

The aforementioned 400 hurdles school record by sophomore Zach Berzal was certainly the biggest highlight for the men on Day 2. But, like the women, this was a strong two-day effort for the track team at Bucknell.

On Sunday, the long sprint/middle distance crew really represented: Five men under 2:00 in the same meet at 800 meters? Not sure if that has ever happened. And check out the splits! The guys ran even, tough efforts out there. David Marthy is rounding back into form after a knee injury derailed his training between indoors and outdoors, with a solid double.

Three 50-point splits in the 4x400 is always great to see as well.

Hurdler Alex Cunningham ran a clean race and a personal-best time. Good stuff all around ...

Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic
Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium
Lewisburg, PA
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Men’s results and splits
100-meter dash
29. Tyler Schwarz 11.39
37. Jesse Aprile 11.54
110-meter hurdles
16. Alex Cunningham 15.48
400-meter dash
20. Matt Edwards 50.77
27. Tim Johnson 51.47
50. Ty Gamble 54.43
400-meter hurdles
9. Zach Berzal 56.20 *school record, old record 56.33 by Matt McClellan, 1999
800-meter run
7. David Marthy 1:52.95 (opening lap, 55.8)
68. Nestor Taylor 1:58.38 (opening lap, 59)
70. Nate Lungarini 1:58.55 (opening lap, 57)
85. Kyle Hannafin 1:59.62 (opening lap, 58)
88. Bryan Buttigieg 1:59.89 (opening lap, 59)
94. Mark Vuono 2:01.19 (opening lap, 58)
400-meter relay
9. Marist (Alex Cunningham, Joe Cafaro, Tim Johnson, Jesse Aprile) 44.14
1,600-meter relay
7. Marist (Tim Johnson 52.6, Matt Edwards 50.4, Zach Berzal 50.7, David Marthy 50.4) 3:24.37
3,200-meter relay
4. Marist A (Kyle Heubner, Kyle Hannafin, Nestor Taylor, Nate Lungarini) 8:00.34
Kyle Heubner: 61, 2:00.9 (59.9)
Kyle Hannafin: 58, 1:59.9 (61.9)
Nestor Taylor: 59, 2:00.7 (61.7)
Nate Lungarini: 57, 1:58.6 (61.6)
6. Marist B (Mark Vuono, Bryan Buttigieg, Ty Gamble, Mark Valentino) 8:20.07
Mark Vuono: 62, 2:03.6 (61.6)
Bryan Buttigieg: 60, 2:03.5 (63.5)
Ty Gamble: 60, 2:06.3 (66.3)
Mark Valentino: 63, 2:06.3 (63.3)

Bucknell Bison: Women's results, day 2

Sprinters took center stage in the summer-like sunshine in Lewisburg on Sunday. Danielle Asaro and Ashley Haynes had phenomenal days, and they set the tone with a flawless first relay pass in the 4x100 relay. After a disastrous pass at Colonial a week earlier, they got it right this week. The result was a 4x100 relay that was within an eyelash of the school record. Both ran personal-best efforts in the 100 and 200 dashes after that relay. Overall, it was a tremendous two-day meet for the women, a true "coming out party" after a long and cold winter and early spring. Here are the numbers:

Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic
Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium
Lewisburg, PA
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Women’s results and splits
100-meter dash
13. Danielle Asaro 12.64
21. Ashley Haynes 12.84
200-meter dash
21. Danielle Asaro 26.30
30. Ashley Haynes 26.78
400-meter dash
35. Courtney Cartwright 1:02.38
800-meter run
16. Kristen Traub 2:16.07 (opening lap, 66)
39. Molly Weeks 2:20.55 (opening lap, 68)
3,000-meter run
8. Brianne Vess 11:27.29
86, 2:51 (85), 4:20 (89), 5:52 (92)
7:24 (92), 9:01 (97), 10:39 (98), 11:27.29 (48.29)
11. Jaime Durso 11:36.46
88, 2:58 (90), 4:29 (91), 6:03 (94)
7:38 (95), 9:15 (97), 10:53 (98), 11:36.29 (43.29)
12. Mariella Bilello 11:36.86
88, 2:59 (91), 4:31 (92), 6:09 (98)
7:47 (98), 9:26 (99), 10:59 (93), 11:36.86 (37.86)
15. Jackie Bunce 12:01.95
88, 2:58 (90), 4:32 (94), 6:09 (97)
7:51 (102), 9:34 (103), 11:15 (101), 12:01.95 (46.95)
16. Taylor Mueller 12:19.70
85, 2:55 (90), 4:32 (97), 6:14 (104)
7:58 (104), 9:43 (105), 11:27 (104), 12:19.70 (54.70)
18. Allison Dellicarri 12:40.39
89, 3:01 (92), 4:40 (99), 6:22 (102)
8:08 (106), 10:00 (112), 11:49 (119), 12:40.39 (51.39)
400-meter relay
9. Marist (Ashley Haynes, Danielle Asaro, Nicole Scicolone, Molly Weeks) 49.87
1,600-meter relay
13. Marist (Meaghan Gillespie 64.0, Courtney Cartwright 62.1, Olivia Jaquith 62.4, Molly Weeks 59.6) 4:08.25
3,200-meter relay
5. Marist A (Janelle Solviletti, Nicki Nesi, Kristen Traub, Christine Coughlin) 9:40.16
Janelle: 70, 2:22.7 (72.7)
Nicki: 70, 2:24.9 (74.9)
Kristen: 67, 2:21.1 (74.1)
Christine: 70, 2:31.3 (81.3)
9. Marist B (Marissa Porter, Kim Schwartz, Olivia Lappas, Catherine Ferreri) 10:13.84
Marissa: 71, 2:28.7 (77.7)
Kim: 69, 2:32.5 (83.5)
Olivia: 71, 2:31.0 (80.0)
Catherine: 78, 2:41.1 (83.1)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bucknell Bison: Zach Berzal sets school record in 400-meter hurdles

In a thrilling performance, sophomore Zach Berzal won the first section of the 400-meter hurdles in 56.20, breaking the 15-year-old school record of 56.33 set by Matt McClellan way back in 1999. This photo of a smiling Zach in the bright, warm sun really epitomizes what was a fantastic meet, top to bottom, for the men's and women's track team at Bucknell. After a long van drive home, please give me time to rest before I post complete Sunday results and splits.

Bucknell Bison: Loyalty in a speeding Hyundai

Say what you want about senior distance runner Billy Hild – and really, who DOESN’T have an opinion on our sometimes grumpy/always hard-working oddball? Call him whatever names you would like – and trust me, there have been many adjectives used to describe our local hero. But never, ever, ever, EVER question the kid’s loyalty to our track program and to our school. Both loyalties were on display in a big way in the past 24 hours.

After a gutsy 10km race last week at Colonial Relays – 25 laps that bruised both his body and his ego, but not his old coach’s pride in his efforts – there was not a chance in hell that Hild was racing this weekend at Bucknell (especially given his checkered history at Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium). But there he was on Saturday afternoon and evening, cheering on his teammates and his best friends. And there he was in the wee hours of Sunday morning, speeding back to Poughkeepsie in a Hyundai with a quarter-million miles on it (no, REALLY) so that he could work the Admission Open House on campus – one of the most important events to ensure that the future of the college is strong.

Speaking of loyalty – riding back with him was Marist Running Alum Kathryn Sheehan. Kat made the trip to Bucknell to run the 10km last night, just a few weeks removed from her killer half marathon in NYC. She did not tell anyone about a knee issue that has been bugging her. She put the pre-wrap on and hoped for the best, but clearly something was amiss. However, she gamely set the perfect pace for Michelle Gaye, calming Michelle’s nerves that she could, indeed, bang out 88-second laps through the night. Kat dropped out at 5km, leaving Michelle to fend for herself over the last 12.5 laps, something Michelle did with courage and toughness.

Kathryn did not have to race, did not have to make the long trip to the middle of nowhere in Pennsylvania. But she did. Hild did not have to embark on a 7-hour round trip to the middle of nowhere in Pennsylvania. But he did. Loyalty in a speeding Hyundai in the middle of the night. Much appreciated by us all.

Bucknell Bison: Sunday schedule

Weather looks to be marvelous today -- sunny and warm.

11 a.m.: Women’s 4x100 relay
11:10 a.m.: Men’s 4x100 relay
11:20 a.m.: Women’s 800
11:50 a.m.: Men’s 800
12:30 p.m.: Women’s 100 hurdles
12:50 p.m.: Men’s 100 hurdles
1:10 p.m.: Women’s 400
1:35 p.m.: Men’s 400
1:55 p.m.: Women’s 100
2:15 p.m.: Men’s 100
2:35 p.m.: Women’s 400 hurdles
2:50 p.m.: Men’s 400 hurdles
3:15 p.m.: Women’s 200
3:35 p.m.: Men’s 200
3:55 p.m.: Women’s 4x800 relay
4:05 p.m.: Men’s 4x800 relay
4:15 p.m.: Women’s 3,000
4:30 p.m.: Women’s 4x400 relay
4:45 p.m.: Men’x 4x400 relay

Bucknell Bison Day 1: Women's results and splits

A truly memorable night for the women, with numerous personal-best times (see notations below), a first-heat victory for Nicki Nesi in the steeplechase, and the show-stopping ECAC qualifying mark from Michelle Gaye in the 10,000-meter run to cap the marvelous evening. Take a look at Michelle's splits and you will see a masterful debut at the distance, with her lap times remarkably consistent. Here are the results and splits, courtesy of Doug Ainscow ...

Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic
Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium
Lewisburg, PA
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Women’s results and splits
1,500-meter run, unseeded
11. Janelle Solviletti 4:46.35 (personal best)
76, 2:31 (75), 3:47 (76), 4:46.35 (77.35 last lap)
34. Marissa Porter 4:53.75 (personal best)
77, 2:38 (81), 3:56 (78), 4:53.75 (76.75 last lap)
66. Bryn Gorberg 5:02.78 (personal best)
78, 2:38 (80), 3:59 (81), 5:02.78 (83.78 last lap)
73. Christine Coughlin 5:12.05
76, 2:38 (82), 4:03 (850, 5:12.05 (91.05 last lap)
3,000-meter steeplechase
9. Nicki Nesi 11:12.31 (personal best)
86, 2:54 (88), 4:24 (90), 5:54 (90), 7:26 (92), 8:58 (92), 10:28 (90), 11:12.31 (44.31)
5,000-meter run, unseeded
61. Annie Gould 19:15.81 (personal best)
90, 2:55 (85), 4:24 (89), 5:53 (89)
7:23 (90), 8:55 (92), 10:28 (93), 12:04 (96)
13:40 (96), 15:18 (98), 16:55 (97), 18:30 (95)
19:15.81 (45.81)
1600m splits: 5:53, 6:11, 6:26
10,000-meter run
14. Michelle Gaye 36:42.14 *ECAC qualifier
89, 2:57 (88), 4:24 (87), 5:53 (89)
7:21 (88), 8:50 (89), 10:18 (88), 11:46 (88)
13:13 (87), 14:42 (89), 16:09 (87), 17:36 (87)
19:02 (86), 20:29 (87), 21:57 (88), 23:25 (88)
24:52 (87), 26:20 (88), 21:48 (88), 29:17 (89)
30:47 (90), 32:16 (89), 33:46 (90), 35:15 (89)
36:42.14 (87.14)
1600m splits: 5:53, 5:53, 5:50, 5:49, 5:52, 5:58
5km splits: 18:19, 18:23.14

Bucknell Bison, Day 1: Men's results and splits

Here are the numbers from tonight, with pinpoint splits provided by Doug Ainscow ...

Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic
Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium
Lewisburg, PA
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Men’s results and splits
1,500-meter run
30. Nick Salek 4:02.00
63, 2:08 (65), 3:13 (65), 4:02.00 (65.00 last lap)
64. Pat Rynkowski 4:09.85
66, 2:12 (66), 3:19 (67), 4:09.85 (67.85 last lap)
69. Pat Ginty (unattached) 4:10.84
67, 2:13 (66), 3:19 (66), 4:10.84 (67.84 last lap)
71. Stefan Morton 4:12.67
65, 2:13 (68), 3:20 (67), 4:12.67 (69.67 last lap
72. Charlie Ropes 4:13.09
68, 2:14 (66), 3:21 (67), 4:13.09 (69.09 last lap)
74. Ryan Colabella 4:14.56
67, 2:14 (67), 3:22 (68), 4:14.56 (69.56 last lap)
3,000-meter steeplechase
13. Mark Valentino 9:29.41
72, 2:25 (73), 3:39 (74), 4:54 (75), 6:12 (78), 7:31 (79), 8:49 (78), 9:29.41 (40.41)
5,000-meter run, invite
24. Ken Walshak 14:59.03
5,000-meter run, unseeded
43. Billy Posch 15:14.74
71, 2:24 (73), 3:36 (72), 4:47 (71)
6:00 (73), 7:12 (72), 8:26 (74), 9:39 (73)
10:54 (75), 12:09 (75), 13:26 (77), 14:41 (75)
15:14.74 (33.74)
1600m splits: 4:47, 4:52, 5:02
68. Jake Hensler 15:32.21
75, 2:29 (74), 3:42 (73), 4:57 (75)
6:11 (74), 7:27 (76), 8:41 (74), 9:57 (76)
11:14 (77), 12:31 (77), 13:47 (76), 15:00 (73)
15:32.21 (32.21)
1600m splits: 4:57, 5:00, 5:03
92. Spencer Johnson 15:49.56
76, 2:30 (74), 3:44 (74), 4:59 (75)
6:12 (73), 7:27 (75), 8:42 (75), 9:59 (77)
11:15 (76), 12:34 (79), 13:52 (78), 15:11 (79)
15:49.56 (38.56)
1600m splits: 4:59, 5:00, 5:12
103. Ian Dorset 16:22.59
78, 2:32 (74), 3:46 (74), 5:03 (77)
6:21 (78), 7:41 (80), 9:02 (81), 10:23 (81)
11:44 (81), 13:05 (81), 14:24 (79), 15:42 (78)
16:22.59 (40.59)
1600m splits: 5:03, 5:20, 5:19