Lewisburg, Pa .- The Bucknell men’s track and field team won five individual events and had five athletes qualify for the IC4A Indoor Championships on Saturday at the Bison Opener in Gerhard Fieldhouse.
Entering the day in fourth place after four events of the heptathlon on Friday, Ethan Dunne rallied back to finish second, notching a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.02 to pick up 741 points. He finished first in the 1000-meter run and fourth in the pole vault to jump up two spots with 3,766 points, edging out teammate Tyler Wukitsevits, who finished third with 3,737 points.
Brown’s title in the 60-meter came in one of the more crowded fields of the day as he topped 36 runners with a time of 6.88. With the run, he qualified for the IC4A Championships and now ranks fourth on the all-time list. Brown beat his personal best a 7.02, which he did last year, by fourteen one-hundredths of a second.
Sophomore Sean Conway qualified for IC4A’s as well in the 500 meter with a time of 1:04.85. Billy Melchionni rounded out the winners after taking the top spot in the 300-meter dash with a school record 34.40 to beat his personal best from last season. Robert Dessoye also qualified for IC4As after running an impressive 1:05.61 in the 500-meter as the Bison had the top two finishers.
Nicholas Lombardo took the top spot in the long jump and qualified for the IC4A Championships with a qualifying effort 7.12 meters (23-4 ½). He also finished fourth in the triple jump. Matthew Fay finished tied for first in the pole vault and qualified for IC4A’s after putting up a 4.90-meter (16 ¾) pole vault to tie his record from last year and he currently ranks third on the top ten list.
"We seem to be a lot stronger than we were a year ago as well as a lot deeper. We had a ton of IC4A qualifiers and some other first place finishes. For our first meet, I believe we are in great shape," Kevin Donner said.
Junior Scott Gullizio (mile), freshman Owen Concaugh (800m), and junior Jeffrey Brown (200m) each finished in the top five in their events and Brown obtained another IC4A qualification with a time of 22.55 in the 200-meter.
The Bison will have a month off before their next competition when they host a tri-meet on Saturday, Jan. 6.