UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Junior Nicholas Lombardo won the high jump to lead the Bucknell men’s track and field team on Saturday at the Nittany Lion Challenge at Ashenfelter III Indoor Track.
Bucknell, competing in its first road meet of the season, went up against some top programs, including No. 15 Cornell, No. 20 Penn State, Connecticut, Central Connecticut, Maryland, Georgetown, Pittsburgh and Villanova.
In a field of 10 participants, Lombardo earned the first-place finish with an IC4A-qualifying leap of 6-10 ¾. It was one of two events Lombardo competed in, as he finished fourth in the long jump with a mark of 22-10.
Making his collegiate debut in the 3,000-meter run, freshman Drew Dorflinger finished third of 14 with a time of 8:27.42. Ben Siciliano and Delaney Landin finished eighth and ninth, respectively, rounding out the top-10 finishers in the event for the Bison.
“Considering that we are finishing our second weekend of training camp and many of our guys had tired legs, I was pleased with the results,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “It was the first time in five years that we competed in a meet on the second weekend of January, so I was intrigued on how we would compete against these great teams. I thought we passed the test.”
Bucknell returns to action Jan. 21 to host the Gulden Invitational at Gerhard Fieldhouse.