SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Bucknell men’s track and field team opened its outdoor season Saturday with nine first-place finishes at the Jim Taylor Invitational at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field.
Reggie Harris won two events in his outdoor debut. He won the long jump in a field of 43 participants with a leap of 21-10 ¾. The sophomore also won the triple jump with a mark of 46-10.
Competing in his first outdoor meet, Will Carter won the individual title in the 400-meter with a time of 49.70, while Jacob Ashkettle was the runner-up with a mark of 49.95. Jordan Jackson won the 1,500m in a field of 67 runners, clocking in at 3:57.01.
Several freshman impressed in their first outdoor meet. Jacob Stupak won the individual title in the 5,000m, beating out 51 runners with a time of 15:26.67. Trent Rose finished second in the race with a time of 15:26.67. Bobby Gablein earned his first-career win in the 100m with a time of 11.14. Bucknell claimed the top three spots in the race, as Ryquan Harris and Jeffrey Brown finished second and third, respectively.
A 4x100 relay team comprised of Brown, Harris, Carter and William Melchionni finished in first-place with a time of 41.83.
“Overall, it was a great rust buster for us,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “We got back from spring break last week and could not get on the outdoor track due to the snow. We improvised some workouts and trained through this meet for the training effect and to solidify a Colonial Relays lineup. We were able to travel everyone to give them a competitive opportunity and many of our athletes took advantage. I am very excited to see what we do in the next couple of weeks.”
Bucknell returns to action Mar. 31-Apr. 1 when it travels down to Virginia to compete at the Colonial Relays.