LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell men’s track and field team won eight events on Saturday to win the team title at the Gulden Invitational at Gerhard Fieldhouse. The Gulden Invitational was changed to a scored meet in 2012, and the Bison men have won the title every year since.
Drew Dorflinger earned his first career victory on Saturday, placing first in the mile, beating out 18 runners with a time of 4:19.85. Kyle Adams and Will Bordash also scored in the race, placing third and fourth, respectively.
In the 500-meter, Jacob Ashkettle picked up his first win of the season, finishing in 1:05.08. Bucknell claimed the top three spots in the event, as Sean Conway and Scott Gulizio placed second and third, respectively. Each time met the IC4A requirement.
Ross Pirnie earned his first individual win of the year, placing first of nine in the 1,000m with an IC4A-qualifying time of 2:30.40. The Bison dominated the event, as Jordan Jackson, Louis Tobias, David Frering and Conor McLaughlin all scored in the race.
For the second straight year, Luke Giugliano won the individual title in the 3,000m. In a field of 20 runners, the senior finished in 8:37.30, six seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
In the 4x800m relay, a team of Nick Pacelli, Tobias, Bordash, and Adams won the race with a time of 8:01.15. A team comprised of Steve Rizio, Matthew Barton, Gulizio and Ashkettle ran in the 4x400m relay, winning the race in 3:23.26.
Nicholas Lombardo won the long jump, posting a leap of 23-4. The reigning Bison Athlete of the Week was also the runner-up in the high jump with a mark of 6-8 ¼, while scoring in the triple jump.
Reggie Harris posted a first-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 44-5 ½, now his third victory at Gerhard Fieldhouse this season. Harris also scored in the long jump with a top-five finish.
William Melchionni took third of 36 in the 200m, completing the race in 22.36, meeting the IC4A standard.
Will Carter, a member of the Bucknell football team, was impressive in his Bison track and field debut. In the 60m, he advanced past the prelims with a time of 7.07. In the finals, he was the runner-up in the race with a mark of 6.99, which is a new top-10 program performance. It was one of two events Carter competed in on Saturday, as he finished second in the long jump with an IC4A-qualifying leap of 23-0 ¾.
Pacelli was the runner-up in the 800m in a field of 11 participants, finishing in 1:57.53. Barton placed fourth in the 60 hurdles with a mark of 8.32, a new top-10 program mark.
Ben Siciliano finished third of 11 in the 5000m, crossing the line in 15:13.84. Matthew Taddeo also scored in the race, placing sixth. In the 400m, Rizio scored for the Bison, taking third of 17 with a time of 50.80.
Following the meet, Lombardo and Ashkettle earned Gulden Invitational MVP honors.
“We competed with a lot of passion and a lot of intensity,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “It was great winning the team title and we had a lot of improvement from the past two meets. It was the best meet of the season for the men. We just have to get a few guys healthy and we will be a very solid team. Overall, a very fun day for the Bison.”
Bucknell returns to action Jan. 27-28 for a pair of meets. A group of Bison will travel to Penn State to compete at the Penn State National Invitational, while another group will remain in Lewisburg to host the Bison Open.