BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Bucknell men’s cross country team earned a solid 13th place finish at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships on Friday afternoon, led by the impressive performance of junior Michael McGowan.

"Our men ran a much better race then they did at the league meet," said head coach Kevin Donner. "We really closed the gap with the league teams who beat us two weeks ago. We ran with a lot more confidence and a sense of urgency, and it was a nice way to end the season.  Our 3-4-5 of Kuchta, Strauss and Balaban really ran well.  We were ranked 15th and we finished 13th and not too far from the top 10, so I was very pleased."

McGowan raced to a time of 31:09 to take the 38th spot for the Bison, while junior Andrew Garcia-Garrison ran a 31:37 to cross the finish line in 57th place. Sophomore Andrew Kuchta took 67th with a performance of 31:49, while seniors David Strauss and Eric Balaban ran identical times of 32:06 to finish 78th and 79th, respectively. Junior Dylan Cowell (96th – 32:26) and freshman Luke Giugliano (112th – 33:00) rounded out the scoring for Bucknell.

Villanova won the men’s 10K, held on Lehigh’s Goodman Campus Cross Country Course, with 34 points, led by Patrick Tiernan, who won the race with a time of 29:37. Princeton finished second with 60 points, while Georgetown (63 points), Penn (152 points) and Penn State (175 points) rounded out the top-five.

Bucknell, which concluded its 2013 campaign with today’s competition, took the 13th spot with 319 points, just behind Patriot League foe American.