UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Jacob Stupak and Nicholas Marino were two of the headliners for the Bucknell men’s track and field team on Saturday as both athletes qualified for the IC4A Championships at the Nittany Lion Challenge.

Stupak finished sixth overall in the 3000-meter run against some stiff competition and recorded an IC4A qualifying standard by clocking in at 8:21.17.

The competition was fierce and included #8 Virginia Tech, Georgetown, Cornell, Iowa State, Penn State, Maryland, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Villanova, and Point Park.

Newcomer Marino placed third in the pole vault, clearing 15-09 ¾. He qualified for IC4As in the event and obtained a personal best. Matthew Fay, a junior from New Rochelle, N.Y., finished fourth in the pole vault. His 15-09 ¾ also allowed him to hit the IC4A qualifying standard.

Jeffrey Brown put on two strong performances in the both the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes. The sophomore finished eighth in the 60m with a time of 6.98 and fifth in the 200m with a split of 22.45, beating his previous season-best by 10 one-hundredths of a second.

The underclassmen also had strong showings from Alex Dessoye and Robert Dessoye. Alex placed eighth in the 400-meter run and clocked in a personal-best 49.34. Robert followed suit in the 600-meter when he split a 1:22.29, his best time so far this year.

Senior Nicholas Lombardo continued his stellar start to the year by finishing fourth in the high jump (6-9) and long jump (23-01 ¼) events. By clearing 6-9 in the high jump, Lombardo qualified for IC4As. 

"This was a very competitive meet with some of the top schools in the east. Overall, I was pretty pleased with the majority of our athletes and how they handled the pressue. It definitely seperated our team a bit as we get closer to making decisions about our league lineup. Most of our athletes are a bit tired because of week two of our winter training camp. We should see a nice improvement next week at the Gulden Invitational when we get back into our routine of one workout each day.", Head coach Kevin Donner said. 

The Bison are in action next on Jan. 20, when they host the Gulden Invitational at Gerhard Fieldhouse.