***It was originally reported that Kyle Adams won the race, but upon review of the video, Will Bordash was declared the winner as his torso crossed the finish line first.
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Senior Will Bordash took first overall, and Bucknell cross country took the top five spots on its way to a win in the season-opening Bison Open on Friday Night. The victory came in a field of five teams.
Bordash won the 6k race in 19:23, but crossed the line with a group of teammates in senior Kyle Adams, junior Chad Sussman, and freshman Michael Bortolot. That trio finished second, third, and fourth, respectively, while also recording a time of 19:23.
“Our men looked good today,” Bucknell head coach Kevin Donner said. “We held out four guys for various reasons that I feel will be varsity runners this season, but I was pleased to see we had a group of four guys that basically ran together. That included a freshman in Bortolot.”
“McGill was a pleasant surprise after struggling last year as a freshman,” Donner said. “We put in a lot of miles in the past few days and actually did a light workout right before the race, so overall we accomplished a lot today.”
Sophomore Nick Pacelli was just outside the top 10 with an 11th-place finish. The race featured 57 runners from five schools, including Juniata, Loyola (Md.), Lycoming, and Susquehanna.
Bucknell is back in action when it travels to Penn State for the Spiked Shoe Invitational on Friday, Sept. 8.