LEWISBURG — For all of you track and field fans out there, a special Easter Weekend treat will be going on today at Bucknell University.
So hop on over to Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium for the Bucknell Team Challenge track and field invitational.
Bucknell, of course, will be in competition along with fellow Division I schools Penn State, St. Bonaventure, St. Francis, Binghamton and UMBC, as well as Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (Division II) programs from Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and Mansfield.
If the lineup alone of the teams involved hasn’t gotten your attention, consider this: no less than six athletes from The Standard-Journal coverage area will be competing at the invite — among a group of nearly 20 total athletes from throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley who will be in action today.
The Team Challenge will be split into two sessions, with the field events held first beginning at 10 a.m. and all the track events being contested in the afternoon.
Bloomsburg University freshman Tyler Bailey, a graduate of Mifflinburg Area High School, highlights the area’s contingent today. Bailey is slated to run in the 800-meter run and the 1600 relay.
Bailey has already set PSAC-qualifying standards in the 800 (in a personal-best 1:54.28), the 1500 (4:04.36) and the 1600 relay (3:28.59). Bailey’s clocking in the 800 is also the fifth-best time in the PSAC this season.
Joining Bailey in the meet is former Mifflinburg classmate Quenton Long, a Bucknell freshman, who will be competing in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
Another former Mifflinburg standout, Lock Haven junior Brian Zimmerman, unfortunately won’t be running due to some hamstring issues.
Warrior Run graduate Hunter Confair, however, will be in action today for the Bald Eagles. Confair, a sophomore, is slated to run in the 800.
Milton Area High School grad Wade Heidel, a Bucknell senior, is set to run in the 200- and 400-meter runs as well as the 1600 relay. On March 30 Heidel helped the Bison’s 1600 relay team place second in 3:26.18 at the Raleigh Relays on March 30.
Lewisburg Area High School product Jenna Farmer, a Bucknell senior, will be in action for her hometown Bison as she’s slated to run the 1500.
So far this season Farmer has taken first place in the 10,000-meter run (37:36.92) at Susquehanna’s Jim Taylor Invite on March 31, and fourth in the 4x1500 relay (19:07.77) at the Colonial Relays on April 6.
Another Lock Haven runner, junior Rachel Grow, a graduate of Warrior Run High School, will be running in both the 800 and 1600 for the Bald Eagles today.
During the indoor season, Grow placed eighth in the 1000-meter run (3:21.71) at the Bucknell Bison Open on Jan. 26. At the Fasttrack National Invite on Feb. 8, Grow and her teammates were second in the distance medley relay in 12:36.87, which was good enough for eighth-best all-time in school history. In addition, Grow helped the Bald Eagles break the school record in the 4x1500 relay (19:59.73) at the Colonial Relays.
For the remainder of the Valley’s contingent in the Team Challenge today, here is the rundown of the competitors and the events they will be appearing in.
• Bloomsburg senior Thomas Moser, Mount Carmel Area High School, 1500/1600 relay.
• Lock Haven junior Jace Kreamer, Midd-West Area High School, 1500.
• Saint Francis junior Griffin Molino, South Williamsport High School, 1500.
• Bloomsburg freshman Emilee Wasilewski, Mount Carmel, triple jump/high jump.
• Bloomsburg freshman Maci Mazzatesta, Mount Carmel, 800/1600 relay.
• Bloomsburg freshman Riley Snyder, Shikellamy Area High School, 800/1600 relay.
• Bloomsburg sophomore Alexis Burd, Southern Columbia Area High School, 100 hurdles/high jump.
• Bucknell sophomore Maura Fiamoncini, Mount Carmel, javelin.
• Bucknell sophomore Ashley Blair, Selinsgove Area High School, 1500.
• Bucknell senior Kasey Getkin, Danville Area High School, javelin.
• Bucknell senior Alexis Auman, Selinsgrove, 100/long jump.
• Lock Haven sophomore Paige Kratzer, Shikellamy, 3000 steeplechase.
• Penn State freshman Piper Klinger, Selinsgrove, hammer throw/discus.