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Christian Lupica
Christian Lupica
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Lupica Named Track Athlete of Meet; Bucknell Finishes Second at PL Championships
Release:   05/03/2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Competition in the 2014 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded at the Naval Academy’s Ingram Field on Saturday, and the Bucknell men’s track and field team had plenty of reasons to be proud at the end of the meet. The Bison scored in 14 of the 16 events contested on the final day of the competition, maintaining their second-place standing, and senior Ray Holmes earned his second individual event title of the meet. Junior Christian Lupica triumphed in both hurdle events, taking home the league’s Track Athlete of the Meet award.

Navy was declared the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field champion, finishing with 239 points, while Bucknell compiled 176 points to claim runner-up status and Boston University rounded out the top three with 139.50 points.

“We had a very good meet,” commented head coach Kevin Donner. “Navy was awesome however, and was able to respond to any type of pressure that we put on them. They were very balanced. I was really proud of our guys though. This is a great team with some really outstanding leaders. I am looking forward to the post-season championships.”

Lupica had a truly outstanding day to earn Bucknell’s first Track Athlete of the Meet award since 2011, winning two individual events and contributing to a relay title. The junior was victorious in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.93, breaking the facility record for the second time this weekend and re-setting his own school mark in the process. He turned around to pull away for the win at the end of the 400m hurdles, crossing the finish line in a time of 52.59 to become the fourth-fastest performer in the event in program history. Lupica capped of his day with another school record-breaking performance, combining with seniors Patryk NajbarKamal Riley and Jacob Eaton Hall to produce a time of 40.91 in the 4x100 meter relay. The quartet won the event, earning first team All-Patriot League honors.

Holmes was also exceptional, defending his title in the triple jump with a leap of 48-08.00. The senior was not the only Bison to score in the event however, as junior Kevin Tapper (47-04.25) and senior Alex Prieto (47-00.25) finished third and fourth, respectively.  A trio of Bison contributed points in the shot put, led by junior Brian Monahan, whose heave of 54-01.00 was the second-best distance ever turned in by a Bucknell thrower. Freshman Joseph Breen finished fifth with a mark of 51-10.50, becoming the tenth-best all-time performer in the event in program history, and junior Jack Fellows’ toss of 51-10.00 earned him sixth-place. Monahan (145-10) and Breen (140-01) also scored in the discus, placing sixth and eighth, respectively.

Riley (10.70), Najbar (10.81) and Eaton Hall (10.87) all contributed valuable points in the 100m dash, finishing fourth, sixth and eighth, respectively, and Najbar also placed seventh in the 200m event, turning in a time of 21.46 to become the seventh-best performer in program history. Tapper finished seventh in the 400m, racing to a time of 48.46, while junior Andrew Garcia-Garrison (1:52.28), who earned second team All-Patriot League honors with his performance, and Alex Jagelsky (1:52.56) placed second and fifth, respectively, in the 800m. Sophomore Grant Reynolds joined Lupica in the 400m hurdles, earning fifth-place points with a personal-best time of 54.22.  

Bucknell’s distance runners put forth several impressive showings in the longer events, highlighted by Garcia- Garrison’s second runner-up finish of the day in the 1500m. The junior raced to a time of 3:49.40 and was joined by sophomore John Westwood, who placed fifth in the event with a time of 3:50.82. Senior Tyler Erhard garnered second team All-Patriot League status in the 3000m steeplechase, finishing second with a time of 9:04.23, while sophomore John Dugan took fifth, turning in a time of 9:20.97. Junior Ben Burgess finished competition in the two-day heptathlon, finishing sixth with 5,704 points, the seventh-best point total in school history.

The Bison finished off the day with the 4x400m relay, an event in which they finished third. The team of freshman Jacob Ashkettle, sophomore Anthony Menza, Reynolds and senior Dennis Logan combined for a time of 3:16.87 in the event.

Bucknell will have next weekend off before returning to action for the IC4A Championships, which will be held in Princeton, New Jersey from May 15 to 17.  

TEAM STANDINGS
1. Navy - 239
2. Bucknell - 176
3. Boston University – 139.50
4. Army – 113
5. Lehigh – 110.50
6. Lafayette – 31
7. Holy Cross – 21
8. American – 17
9. Colgate – 8

BUCKNELL’S ALL-LEAGUE SELECTIONS:
first team: Ray Holmes, Christian Lupica, Patryk Najbar, Kamal Riley, Jacob Eaton Hall
second team: Laddie Trees, John Westwood, Dennis Logan, Andrew Garcia-Garrison, Ryan Johnson, Tyler Erhard, Brian Monahan

BUCKNELL RESULTS
Jacob Ashkettle
- 10th in high jump (6-00.50)
Eric Balaban
- 12th in 5000 (15:26.97)
Joseph Breen
- 5th in shot put (51-10.50), IC4A, 10th all-time
- 8th in discus (140-01)
Ben Burgess
- 6th in decathlon – 5704 (5th in 100: 11.98, 5th in long jump: 20-09.25, 11th in shot put: 32-02.75, 7th in high jump: 5-09.25, 5thin 400: 52.66, 7th in 110H: 16.94, 8th in discus: 100-06, T7th in pole vault: 11-03.75, 7th in javelin: 141-03, 3rd in 1500: 4:59.35), 7th all-time
John Dugan
- 11th in 5000 (15:24.65)
- 5th in 3000 steeplechase (9:20.97)
Jacob Eaton Hall
- 8th in 100 (10.87)
Tyler Erhard
- 25th in 800 (2:01.45)
- 2nd in 3000 steeplechase (9:04.23), IC4A
Jack Fellows
- 6th in shot put (51-10.00), IC4A
Andrew Garcia-Garrison
- 2nd in 800 (1:52.28)
- 2nd in 1500 (3:49.40), IC4A
Cody Haupt
- 10th in decathlon - 5100 (10th in 100: 12.37, 12th in long jump: 17-01.25, 10th in shot put: 32-06.50aa, 9th in high jump: 5-07.00, 6th in 400: 53.51, 8th in 110H: 17.35, 7th in discus (101-08), 12th in pole vault: 9-04.25, 8th in javelin: 136-11, 5th in 1500: 5:01.30)
Ray Holmes
- 1st in triple jump (48-08.00), IC4A
Alex Jagelsky
- ­5th in 800 (1:52.56)
Ryan Johnson
- 11th in 800 (1:53.83)
John Kirna
- 10th in 3000 steeplechase (9:44.78)
Andrew Kuchta
- 15th in 5000 (15:43.55)
Dennis Logan
- 9th in 800 (1:53.47)
Christian Lupica
- 1st in 110 hurdles (13.93), IC4A, facility record, school record
- 1st in 400 hurdles (52.59), IC4A, 4th all-time
Anthony Menza
- 11th in 400 (50.16)
Brian Monahan
- 2nd in shot put (54-01.00), IC4A, 2nd all-time
- 6th in discus (145-10)
Patryk Najbar
- 6th in 100 (10.81), IC4A
- 7th in 200 (21.46), IC4A, 7th all-time
Ross Pirnie
- 12th in 3000 steeplechase (9:52.48)
Alex Prieto
- 4th in triple jump (47-00.25)
Brandon Reynolds
- 11th in shot put (48-01.75)
- 10th in discus (137-05)
Grant Reynolds
- false start in 110 hurdles
- 5th in 400 hurdles (54.22), 8th all-time
Kamal Riley
- 4th in 100 (10.70), IC4A, 8th all-time
Cory Starkey
- NH in high jump
Kevin Tapper
- 4th in 400 (48.46), IC4A, 6th all-time
- 3rd in triple jump (47-04.25)
John Westwood
- 13th in 800 (1:54.83)
- 5th in 1500 (3:50.82), IC4A
Matt Wyman
- 15th in shot put (44-07.00)
- 9th in discus (138-06)
4x100 relay
- Patryk Najbar, Kamal Riley, Jacob Eaton Hall, Christian Lupica – 1st (40.91), IC4A, school record
4x400 relay
- Jacob Ashkettle, Anthony Menza, Grant Reynolds, Dennis Logan – 3rd (3:16.87), IC4A

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