LEWISBURG, Pa. – After a month off between meets, the Bucknell men’s track and field team returned to competition on Saturday, hosting UMBC and Saint Francis (Pa.) in a tri-meet at Gerhard Fieldhouse. The Bison won six individual events at the meet, while earning a first-place finish in a relay.
Reggie Harris led the Bison with a pair of victories, earning first-place finishes in the long jump and triple jump events. In the long jump, he posted a leap of 21-1 ¼, while recording a mark of 44-4 in the triple jump.
William Melchionni, the Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Week, won the 300-meter dash for the second time this season. Melchionni, who owns the second-fastest time in program history in the race (34.75), crossed the line in 35.21. He finished in a tie for first with Erick Soetje of UMBC.
Making their indoor debuts on Saturday, freshmen Nick Pacelli and Jacob Stupak earned their first-career victories as Bison. Pacelli won the 1,000m, crossing the line in 2:34.95, nine seconds faster than second-place runner Terryl Ferrel (2:43.38), while Stupak won the 3,000m with a time of 8:46.74. The Bison claimed the top three spots in the race, as Kyle Adams and Matthew Taddeo finished second and third, respectively.
Matthew Fay picked up his first victory of the season on Saturday, earning first-place in the pole vault with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 15-9.
In the 1,600m sprint medley relay, a team of Harris, Steve Rizio, Bobby Gablein and Scott Gulizio took first-place with a time of 3:34.10. The time now ranks in the top-eight on Bucknell’s all-time list.
“I was much happier after this meet for our men than I was last month,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “It was a good rust buster, but I do see some potential to be very good. It was a good set up meet for some intense competition at Penn State next week.”
The Bison return to action on Jan. 14 to compete at the Nittany Lion Challenge, the first of two trips to Penn State during the indoor season.