PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – After turning in two strong individual performances in Thursday evening’s distance races, the Bucknell track and field team wrapped up its time at the 120th Penn Relays with a day full of strong outings on Friday, including a first-place finish and a school record in the men’s distance medley relay. Competing in front of over 100,000 fans and against some of the best competition in the country, the Bison proved that they are ready to take on the Patriot League in next week’s conference meet.
“It was a very good showing for us,” commented head coach Kevin Donner. “Fellows made it to the finals of the Eastern shot put, which is a huge accomplishment, and Lupica just missed making the finals of the 110 high hurdles with a very good time. The women were strong in their sprint medley relay but had some shaky handoffs, and our two steeplechasers performed nicely on Thursday. The highlight of the meet, however, was definitely the school-record breaking performance of the men’s distance medley relay team.”
Senior Tyler Erhard and junior John Dugan kicked off competition in the meet on Thursday evening, both racing in the college men’s 3000m steeplechase. Erhard finished fourth with a time of 9:10.47, and Dugan produced a strong time of 9:34.89 in his return from injury, placing 20th.
Juniors Christian Lupica, Jack Fellows and Brian Monahan all competed in individual events on Friday, with Lupica tackling the high hurdles and the other two Bison bringing their talents to the throwing circle. Lupica just missed qualifying for finals in the 110m high hurdles, finishing 11th with a strong time of 14.17. Fellows and Monahan both competed in the Eastern shot put and the discus, with Fellows turning in the best throw of the day, qualifying for finals in the shot put and finishing seventh with a heave of 52-02.75. He also placed 13th in the discus with a mark of 159-1. Monahan was 12th in the shot put (51-01.75) and 19th in the discus (149-5).
The Bison also competed in two relays on Friday, with the women racing in the sprint medley relay and the men running the distance medley relay. Senior Jennifer Zymet, junior Kim Nagotko, sophomore Jenn Silvestri and senior Hana Casalnova combined for a time of 4:00.33 in the sprint medley relay, finishing 20th with the second-fastest performance in the school history. The men’s distance medley relay highlighted the day for Bucknell, as sophomore John Westwood, senior Dennis Logan, sophomore Ryan Johnson and junior Andrew Garcia-Garrison raced to a time of 9:50.10, finishing first in their section and 11th overall. Their time broke the previous school record, set in 2003, by just over a second.
The rest of the Bison will take to the track and field on Saturday at the Maroon and Gold Invitational, hosted by Bloomsburg University.