Lewisburg, Pa. – After a month off between meets, the Bucknell men’s track and field team returned to competition on Saturday, hosting UMBC and Lafayette in a tri-meet at Gerhard Fieldhouse. The Bison won six individual events at the meet, while also earning a first-place finish in a relay.
Charlie Scales led the Bison with a pair of victories, earning one in the 600-meter run in which he set a new facility record (1:24.33) and another in the 1600 sprint Medley relay (3:34.84).
Chad Sussman, a junior from Eldersburg, Maryland, took the top spot in the mile clocking in at 4:27.43 He was just a tick-off his personal best from last year when he ran a 4:25.59 mile.
In the 3000-meter run Brendan McGill, Evan Minor, and Terryl Ferrell took the top three spots. McGill finished with an 8:57.55 split. It was the first time in his career that he competed in the 3000-meter event. Minor made his indoor season debut and finished just behind McGill by splitting an 8:57.73. Rounding out the top-three was Ferrell, who was also competing in his first indoor meet and clocked in a time of 9:07.20.
In the 1,600 sprint relay, a team of Scales, Ryquan Harris, Bobby Gablein, and Jacob Stupak took first place with a time of 3:34.84. The Bison also had the top-two performers in the 1000-meter in Michael Bortolot (2:38.07) and James Weissenborn (2:39.07).
The Bison also took the top spots in the high jump, long jump and pole vault events.
“They had a very good meet considering the week’s workload and the long winter break layoff. The technical events always struggle the first meet back, yet they were not far off where they left off in December which is always a goal. We should see nice improvement at the Penn State meet 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.