TAMPA, Fla. – Bucknell’s Aidan Krombolz got his first experience at the NCAA Men’s Track and Field East Preliminary Round on Saturday and finished 33rd in the javelin at the USF Track & Field Stadium.

Krombolz, a freshman, had a top throw of 188-10, finishing just ahead of throwers from Villanova, Southern Miss, and Rutgers in a field of 48 competitors. The Bison rookie qualified for the event thanks to a throw of 209-11 at the Virginia Quad earlier this season.

"Aidan finished well above his seed, and the experience of competing at a national level will help him for next year," Bucknell head coach Kevin Donner said. "He will throw at USATF Junior Nationals in mid-June, and that will help him even more."

Mississippi State freshman Anderson Peters won the title with a distance of 243-6. The top 12 finishers advanced to the NCAA Championships. The final spot was secured by Southeastern Louisiana junior Arian Williams with a throw of 206-4.

Krombolz was the first Bucknell men’s athlete to compete in the javelin at the NCAA East Preliminary Round since Laddie Trees in 2015. His 33rd-place finish was the Bison’s best in the event since Trees placed 17th in 2014.