EARLYSVILLE, Va. – Luke Giugliano finished 27th out of 113 runners to lead the Bucknell men’s cross country team to an eighth-place finish in a competitive field of 14 teams at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational on Friday.
The Bison posted a score of 218, beating out Patriot League schools American (281) and Loyola (416), along with finishing ahead of Appalachian State (282), Clemson (288), Coastal Carolina (351) and Hofstra (399).
No. 12 BYU won the team title with a score of 39, while No. 1 Syracuse finished second with 44 and No. 11 Virginia placed third with 82.
Giugliano completed the 8k race in 24:47. Justyn Knight of Syracuse won the race in 23:13, 16 seconds faster than second place finisher Lawrence Kipkoech of Campbell. Giugliano was the top Patriot League runner by 16 spots in the individual standings.
Ben Siciliano finished 43rd with a time of 25:28 to give the Bison two runners in the top 50. Drew Dorflinger (57th), Jacob Stupak (58th) and Zach Williams (63rd), Ross Pirnie (65th) and Will Bordash (69th) rounded out the top Bison finishers on the day.
"It was a survival of the fittest today due to the hills and the heat," said head coach Kevin Donner. "I felt our men ran a solid race but not a great race. Being conservative early paid off but we still had some guys struggle towards the end of the race. Luke ran great. He puts in the miles and really takes care of the details and now he is at a very high level. I can't speak enough about our freshmen. Siciliano, Dorflinger and Stupak showed great determination and all passed the test on their first 8k. The rest of our upperclassmen were solid, but struggled a bit towards the end. Once they get in gear, we can be a nice team."
Bucknell returns to action Oct. 1 to compete at the Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh.