Harbin Improves NCAA Regional Mark at Bison Outdoor Classic
April 15, 2007
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Frigid temperatures and gusty winds did not slow down the Lafayette track and field team, as they took part in the Bison Outdoor Classic at Bucknell University this weekend. Junior Ashley Harbin continued her recent success with a victory in the hammer throw, while senior Steve Ekema-Agbaw and junior Aaron Buchman tallied second place finishes for the men.
The Leopard women were once again led by Harbin, the reigning ECAC and Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week. A season-best 184'3" mark in the hammer throw improved her NCAA regional distance from last week's meet versus Lehigh.
Junior Emily Cholak launched a 38'1" spot in the triple jump to claim second place behind Cornell's Jeomi Maduka.
Cholak was joined by fellow jumper, Jessica Buzzell, who continued her recent success with a runner-up mark in the long jump (18'0"). Buzzell also turned in a sixth place time in the 100 meter hurdles, crossing the finish line at 15.79 seconds.
Sophomore Sue Izevbigie finished another significant effort for the Leopard throwers, tallying a second place finish in the shot put. Izevbigie threw for a 42' 7 1/2" mark, falling in just behind Colgate's Rita Santizanez.
Senior Vanessa Youngs turned in multiple strong results, taking fourth in the 200 meter dash (25.89 seconds) and joining Kisha Thomas, Meaghan Darling and Buzzell to earn a third place finish (49.52 seconds) in the 4x100 meter relay.
The Lafayette 4x400 relay team, comprised of Meredith Cohen, Meghan Baker, Alison Crowley and Lauren Phelps, also turned in a strong time, crossing the line at 4:02.60 to finish in sixth place.
Junior Kristen Kalinowski took part in her first heptathlon of the year, recording 4330 points in the two-day, seven-event competition. Kalinowski used a 15.17 time in the 100 meter hurdles and 5'5 3/4" mark in the high jump in the contest.
Buchman paced the men, using the momentum of his dramatic 800 meter win against Lehigh last weekend to garner a second place and personal best 1:53.60 this week. Ekema-Agbaw also managed the runner-up position in the triple jump, leaping 46'7".
Senior Tyler Jones led the Leopard throwers, tallying three top 10 finishes. Jones took third in the discus (149'2"), coupled with two seventh place marks in the hammer (168'5") and shot put (50' 1/2"). Freshman Seamas McGuire also turned in a top 10 performance in the javelin, using a 177'2" mark for a sixth place performance.
The Lafayette men received two results in the decathlon from sophomore Kyle DeFranceschi and freshman Kyle Clayton. DeFranceschi finished the two-day, 10-event competition with 5786 points, earning a fifth place finish. Clayton tallied 5642 points on his way to a seventh place performance.
Freshman Sifiso Takirambudde and junior Ever Ruiz recorded two top nine times for the Leopards. A 15.44 second result in the 110 meter hurdles from Takirambudde was good for seventh place, while Ruiz used a 55.28 second time in the 400 meter hurdles to finish ninth.
The Leopards will now turn their focus to next weekend's Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton University. Events begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, April 21.