UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Luke Giugliano finished 30th in a field of 144 runners to lead the Bucknell men’s cross country team to a 12th-place finish in a talented field of 16 teams Friday at the Penn State Nationals at Penn State Blue/White Golf Courses, the host site for the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional.
The Bison men competed against several nationally and regionally ranked opponents in the field. Bucknell tallied a final score of 319, finishing ahead of Akron, Buffalo, Cornell and Kent State. No. 9 Oklahoma State won the team title with a score of 47, followed by No. 10 Ole Miss (49) and Virginia (78).
Giugliano was the first Bucknell runner to cross the line for the second time this season, completing the 5.2-mile course in 25:36. Drew Dorflinger finished 69th, while Will Bordash placed 70th, respectively. Ross Pirnie took 72nd, while Jacob Stupak finished 78th to round out the top five runners for the Bison.
“We fell far behind in the early stages of the race due to a fast downhill start and we could only make up so much ground on a competitive field,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “With that said, our men did run well towards the end of the race which will help us at leagues and regionals. It’s great to see Luke running so well.”
Bucknell, the 10th-ranked team in the Mid-Atlantic region, will send a group of runners to Easton to compete at the Leopard Invitational, hosted by Lafayette at Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex, the site of the 2016 Patriot League Cross Country Championships.