WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Bucknell men’s track and field team concluded an outstanding weekend of competition at Zable Stadium and the Dan Stimson Throwing Events Area on Saturday, compiling 101.20 points to claim the team title at the Colonial Relays. The Bison scored points in six individual events and five relays, winning the triple jump and producing two top-ten program marks.
“Our balance and depth really paid off for us today,” commented head coach Kevin Donner, “and put us in a position to win the team title. We had a rough first day, but the men really battled back and performed much better on day two. It was a good, solid effort, and I’m looking forward to getting healthier in the next four weeks so that we can contend for the league title in May.”
The Bison finished first as a team with 101.20 points, while Rutgers (87.20), Virginia Tech (74), Shippensburg (68) and Iona (51) rounded out the top five. Holy Cross and American also represented the Patriot League at the prestigious meet, finishing 28th and 36th, respectively.
The Bison jumpers and throwers contributed the majority of the individual points on the second day of competition, and action on the field was highlighted by junior Kevin Tapper’s win in the triple jump. Tapper produced a leap of 47-07.00, a personal-best mark, to take the title and become the sixth-best performer in the event in school history. Senior Alex Prieto also scored in the event, placing seventh with a distance of 45-06.00. Juniors Jack Fellows and Brian Monahan both placed in their third throwing event of the weekend, finishing second and sixth, respectively, in the shot put. Fellows’ toss of 159-00 was a personal best and makes him the eighth-best all-time performer in the event, while Monahan turned in a mark of 151-07. Juniors Laddie Trees and Christian Lupica rounded out the individual scorers, with Trees placing fifth in the javelin with a throw of 202-07 and Lupica taking second in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.61.
The 4x200m relay turned in Bucknell’s best finish in the team events, as the squad of senior Patryk Najbar, senior Kamal Riley, senior Jacob Eaton Hall and sophomore Anthony Menza finished second with a time of 1:29.18. The Bison also finished in the top three in the distance medley relay, as the team of sophomore John Westwood, Tapper, sophomore Zachary Moon and junior Andrew Garcia-Garrison raced to a time of 9:58.03. Bucknell finished fifth in both the 4x100m and the 4x1500m, and the sprint medley relay team claimed sixth-place points.
In addition to the exciting competition at the Colonial Relays, several members of the squad were in action closer to home at Susquehanna’s Crusader Classic. Freshman Jonathan Tewodros (3000m steeplechase), junior Dylan Cowell (5000m), freshman Joseph Breen (discus) and sophomore Andrew Kirna (3000m) all won events at that meet.
Bucknell will be back in action on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13 when it hosts the Bison Outdoor Classic at the school’s Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.