PRINCETON, N.J. – Nicholas Lombardo earned first-place in the long jump on Sunday to lead the Bucknell men's track and field team on the final day of the IC4A Championships at Princeton's Weaver Stadium. The Bison earned All-East accolades in seven events at the three-day meet, including in two relays.
Lombardo became the sixth Bison in school history and the first since Andrew Garrison-Garcia in 2014 to win an individual title at the postseason meet. The Patriot League champion in the event, the junior recorded a leap of 24-6 ½, tying Tim Henkel (1998) for the second-best mark in Bucknell history. Will Carter also earned All-East accolades, finishing fifth with a mark of 23-9, a new top-10 Bison performance.
It was one of two All-East citations for Lombardo, who earned the nod in the high jump, finishing fifth with a mark of 6-7 ¾.
William Melchionni, the Patriot League champion in the 400-meter, earned All-East status in the race, finishing third with a time of 47.95.
Drew Dorflinger earned his first All-East citation Sunday, finishing sixth in the 1,500m with a time of 3:49.53.
In the 4x100m relay, a team comprised of Ryquan Harris, Jeffrey Brown, Jacob Ashkettle and Melchionni earned All-East honors, taking eighth with a time of 42.03. In the 4x800m relay, a foursome of Nick Pacelli, Kyle Adams, Will Bordash and Scott Gulizio finished fourth with a time of 7:37.56.
Bucknell finished sixth in the team standings, scoring 39 points.
“Overall, it was a good meet for us,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “We are starting to become better at postseason championship meets than previous years. Our men did a great job to finish sixth with five All-East individuals plus two relays. Lombardo winning an individual title is great for our program.
The NCAA East Preliminary Meet is scheduled for May 26-28 at the University of Kentucky.