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Christian Lupica
Christian Lupica
Courtesy: Joel Turrell
Ray Holmes Wins Long Jump; Bucknell Moves into Fourth at PL Championships
Release:   02/22/2014

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Competition in the 2014 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships continued at Gerhard Fieldhouse on Saturday, with points being awarded in the heptathlon, long jump, high jump, weight throw, 5000 and 4x800m relay. The Bucknell men’s track and field team scored in five of the six events contested on the second day of the conference meet, and there were several highlights to the stellar outing. Senior Ray Holmeswon an individual title in the long jump, earning first team All-Patriot League honors, while the 4x800 relay team of senior Dennis Logan, sophomore Ryan Johnson, junior Alex Jagelsky, and sophomore John Westwoodgarnered a second team selection with their runner-up finish.

The Bison sit in fourth place in the team standings through the first six events, having compiled 35 points, but things are sure to change drastically on Sunday, as there are 14 finals on the docket for the final day of the meet. Lehigh is currently leading the pack with 60.5 points, while Navy (45.83) and newcomer Boston University (38) round out the top three.

Bucknell placed athletes in each of the three field events contested on the first day, led by Holmes’ first-place finish in the long jump. The senior’s leap of 23-11.75, a personal-best and an IC4A qualifying standard, ties him for third on the program’s list of all-time performers. Holmes’ earned his second career selection to the All-Patriot League first team with the victory, as he also received the honor after winning the triple jump last season.

Holmes led a trio of Bison who scored points in the event, as junior Kevin Tapper’s mark of 22-09.75 placed him sixth and senior Alex Prieto grabbed the last scoring spot with a distance of 22-01.75. Freshman Daniel Elijah Kaywas the team’s lone scorer in the high jump, clearing a height of 6-04.25 to finish sixth, but three of his teammates contributed valuable points to Bucknell’s team total in the weight throw. Junior Jack Fellows finished third in the event with a heave of 61-04.75, while sophomore Olu Shoyoye’s toss of 55-07.75 was good for seventh and juniorBrian Monahan rounded out the scoring, taking eighth place with a mark of 54-06.00.

Junior Michael McGowan eclipsed the IC4A standard in the 5000 with a time of 14:43.40, scoring in eighth place for the Biso , and the 4x800 relay concluded competition for the day with their speedy showing and second-place finish. Logan, Johnson, Jagelsky and Westwood combined for a time of 7:36.53 in the race, qualifying for the IC4A championships and earning second team All-Patriot League honors. Each of the four runners has earned All-League accolades in previous seasons, as Johnson and Westwood were named to the first team as rookies, Logan has claimed second team status in each of the last two seasons and Jagelsky was selected to the second team in 2012.

The Bison also experienced considerable success in the prelims and semis of the sprint events, setting themselves up for some big points on Sunday. The highlight of the preliminary races was junior Christian Lupica’s performance in the 60m hurdles. Lupica broke both the school and meet record in the event with his time of 7.82, marking the fifth time this season that he has reset the Bucknell standard. He goes into Sunday’s final as the top seed in the event, and will also be joined by sophomore Grant Reynolds, who advanced as the third seed with a time of 8.30.

Lupica also moved on to the finals of the 60m dash, finishing fifth in the semifinals with a time of 6.93, but he is not the top Bison qualifier. Senior Patryk Najbar, who also advanced to the final of the 200m event with an IC4A qualifying time of 22.08, heads into the event final of the 60m as the fourth seed. His time of 6.92 in the semis makes him the fourth-best performer in program history. Najbar and Lupica will be joined by seniors Jacob Eaton Hall (6.98) and Kamal Riley (7.03) in Sunday’s sprint showdown, as Bison comprise half of the final heat in the event.

The third day of competition in the Patriot League Championships will feature finals in the pole vault, triple jump, shot put, 60m hurdles, 60m, 200m, 400m, 500m, 800m, 1000m, mile, 3000m, distance medley and 4x400. Action at Gerhard Fieldhouse is set to begin at 10:00 a.m., and the team champions will be crowned in an awards ceremony at 5 p.m.

TEAM STANDINGS (through six events)
1. Lehigh – 60.50
2. Navy – 45.83
3. Boston University – 38
4. Bucknell – 35
5. Army – 31.33
6. Lafayette – 13
7. Holy Cross – 8.33
8. Colgate – 2
9. American – 0

BUCKNELL RESULTS
Malachi Bostic-Wattley
- 13th in prelims of 60 (7.20)
- 10th in semis of 60 (7.07)
- 9th in prelims of 200 (22.27)
Joseph Breen
- 18th in weight throw (43-01.75)
Ben Burgess
- 9th in heptathlon – 3,934
(3rd 60: 7.40, 3rd LJ: 21-03.50, 7th SP: 35-08.50, T5th HJ: 5-09.75, 7th 60H: 9.36, PV: NH, 5th 1000: 2:57.91)
Matt Deysher
- 10th in prelims of 60H (8.60)
Jacob Eaton Hall
- 8th in prelims of 60 (7.07)
- 7th in semis of 60 (6.98)
Jack Fellows
- 3rd in weight throw (61-04.75)
Ray Holmes
- 1st in long jump (23-11.75)
Daniel Elijah Kay
- 6th in high jump (6-04.25)
Kevin Keller
- 9th in long jump (22-01.00)
Christian Lupica
- 4th in prelims of 60 (6.93)
- 1st in prelims of 60H (7.82)
- 5th in semis of 60 (6.93)
- 10th in prelims of 200 (22.27)
Michael McGowan
- 8th in 5000 (14:43.40)
Anthony Menza
- 13th in prelims of 200 (22.58)
Brian Monahan
- 8th in weight throw (54-06.00)
Patryk Najbar
- 2nd in prelims of 60 (6.94)
- 4th in semis of 60 (6.92)
- 5th in prelims of 200 (22.08)
Grant Reynolds
- 3rd in prelims of 60H (8.30)
Kamal Riley
- 7th in prelims of 60 (6.98)
- 8th in semis of 60 (7.03)
- 14th in prelims of 200 (22.76)
Nigel Robinson
- 12th in weight throw (51-04.25)
Olu Shoyoye
- 7th in weight throw (55-07.75)
Mark Stafurik
- 15th in weight throw (49-09.25)
Kevin Tapper
- 6th in long jump (22-09.75)
4x800 – Dennis Logan, Ryan Johnson, Alex Jagelsky, John Westwood
- 2nd (7:36.53)

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