UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Junior Will Bordash earned All-Region honors with a 20th-place finish, and the Bucknell men’s cross country team took sixth among 22 teams at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships held at Penn State’s Blue/White Golf Courses on Friday afternoon.
Bordash, a Second Team All-Patriot League selection, became Bucknell’s first All-Region runner since John Dugan in 2012, completing the 10k race in 30:16. Villanova’s Patrick Tiernan, a 2016 Summer Olympian and seven-time All-American, won the individual title in 30:33, 10 seconds faster than second-place finisher Scott Carpenter of Georgetown.
Luke Giugliano was Bucknell’s next best runner, taking 39th in a field of 155 runners. The Bison’s next three finishers were all freshmen. Drew Dorflinger finished 42nd, while Jacob Stupak placed 44th and Ben Siciliano took 48th, respectively. Chad Sussman finished 50th, while Zach Williams took 63rd, giving Bucknell seven runners in the top half of the field.
No. 22 Georgetown won the team title with a score of 66, followed by Navy (74). Georgetown and Navy, the Patriot League champions, received the region’s two automatic bids to the NCAA National Championship.
Princeton (97) finished third, followed by No. 28 Penn (111) and Penn State (160) to round out the top five. Bucknell finished with a score of 193, finishing ahead of Duquesne (197), Villanova (203), Saint Joseph’s (261) and Rutgers (285) to round out the top 10 teams.
“Last night I told the men’s team to make this race as the first race of 2017 rather than the last race of 2016,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “Today was the finest race a men’s team has run at this meet in many years. We were ranked 13th coming in and to finish sixth was beyond our pre-race expectations. Will ran super to make all-region and the rest of our men ran very smart the first 6k and then they all just grinded it out when the hills hit. With six of our top seven back, we seem set up nicely for 2017.”