UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Bucknell men’s cross country team faced some tough competition Friday morning at the Spiked Shoe Invitational, hosted by Penn State at the Blue-White Golf Course. The Bison were paced by senior Will Bordash with a 12th-place finish.

Bordash, who opened the season with a win at the Bison Open last week, crossed the line in 26:31 in the 5.2 mile race, edging Penn State’s John McGowan by less than a second.

Bucknell had four runners finish in the top 25. Joining Bordash were sophomore Drew Dorflinger in 16th, freshman Michael Bortolot in 22nd, and junior Chad Sussman in 25th.

Senior Kyle Adams was Bucknell’s fifth scored runner, taking 28th.

“Our men had their work cut out for them right from the get go with the high level of competition, and I believe they passed the test with a solid effort,” Bucknell head coach Kevin Donner said. “Will (Bordash) looked very good. We had a few guys run their season opener, including Drew (Dorflinger), who was solid but hit a wall with 800 to go. I like where we are at.”

Penn State’s Colin Abert won the race in 25:46. Syracuse’s Aidan Tooker was the runner-up, crossing the line four seconds later.

The race featured 57 runners from five teams, including Syracuse, Penn State, Georgetown, and Edinboro. Syracuse is ranked third in the nation, while Georgetown is ranked 16th.

The Bison will get a break from competition with no events this coming weekend. They will run at the Panorama Farms Invitational in Earlysville, Virginia, on Saturday, Sept. 23.