UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Sophomore Drew Dorflinger and senior Will Bordash finished in the top 20 to lead Bucknell to a seventh-place showing out of 14 teams against top-notch competition at the Penn State National Open on Friday morning.
“We ran a solid race, however we aren’t quite at full strength just yet, and I believe we have room for improvement over the next four weeks,” Bucknell head coach Kevin Donner said. “It was good to see Dorflinger running well again, and Bordash has been great all season.”
Bucknell was the best of the three Patriot League teams at the meet with 165 points, finishing one spot ahead of Lehigh with 171 points. Loyola was also at the meet and ended up 14th.
No. 9 Oklahoma State took the team title with 49 points. The Cowboys were followed by Penn State (58) and Villanova (108) in second and third.
Dorflinger, who was coming off an individual title in the 4k race at the Dickinson Long-Short Invitational, was Bucknell’s top runner once again with a 14th-place finish in a field of 124 runners. The sophomore completed the 5.2-mile course in 25:47. Bordash was four spots behind him in 18th after crossing the line in 25:55.
“Sussman ran well again, and it was great to have Stupak back after an early-season injury,” Donner said. “Stupak ran conservative but came on strong at the end.”
Oklahoma State senior Hassan Adbi, a returning All-American and Big 12 Runner of the Year, won the race in 25:13. Villanova’s Andrew Marston (25:16) and Penn State’s Colin Abert (25:19) rounded out the top three.
Bucknell will send runners to Lafayette’s Leopard Invitational on Saturday. That is the final meet before the Bison head to Lehigh for the Patriot League Championships on Saturday, Oct. 28.