Lewisburg, Pa. – The Bucknell men’s track and field team wrapped up competition Friday on day one of the Bison Open & Multi at Gerhard Fieldhouse.

Freshman Nicholas Marino placed first in the pole vault in a field of 13 participants, clearing 15-9. Matthew Fay took second, clearing 15-3, and David Kelly finished in third, vaulting 14-9.

Jeffrey Brown, a sophomore from Wynnewood, Pa., placed third in the 200-meter dash in a field of 88 competitors with a time of 22.47. Freshman Alex Dessoye rounded out the top-10 by clocking in with a personal best of 22.73.

Matthew Barton finished in the top five of the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.62 seconds, which was just 30 one-hundredths of a second off his personal-best. William Melchionni finished 11th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.76. 

“It was a solid day for our men. Brown looked great in the 200, and it was nice to see Melchionni back after some illness. Marino continues to impress in the pole vault, and he is developing consistency, and Barton is starting to round into form in the 60 high hurdles,” head coach Kevin Donner said.

Penn State National

University Park, Pa. – Another group of Bucknell athletes competed on the first day of the Penn State National Open on Friday at Ashenfelter III Indoor Track.

After an impressive showing in the weight throw at the Gulden Invitational, sophomore C.J. Falcioni went up against some stiff competition at Penn State. The sophomore recorded a toss of 50-1 ¼ in the event, placing in the top-10.

Both the Penn State National and Bison Open and Multi will conclude with the second day of competition on Saturday.