BOSTON, Mass. – Nicholas Lombardo was crowned Patriot League champion in two events on Saturday to lead the Bucknell men’s track and field team to a first-place standing at the Patriot League Indoor Championships at Boston University.
The Bison lead the nine-team field with 62 points. Navy, the defending champions, sit in second-place with 49 points, followed by Army West Point with 34.33.
At last year’s championship meet, Lombardo was the runner-up in both the high jump and long jump events. He would not be denied in his junior season, earning first-place finishes.
In the long jump, Lombardo posted a mark of 24-5, becoming the sixth Bison to win the event and the first since Ray Holmes in 2014. His leap stands as the second-best jump in program history. In the high jump, he recorded a mark of 6-11, tying his personal-record, which also stands as the school record. Lombardo became the first Bison since Nicholas Hruch in 2008 to win the event.
Making his indoor league championships debut, Drew Dorflinger won the 5,000-meter with a time of 14:22.24, now sixth-fastest in program history. Dorflinger became the first Bison since Matthew Forys in 2007 to win the race. Luke Giugliano finished fourth with a time of 14:23.70, which is also a top-10 Bucknell performance.
Will Carter earned All-Patriot League status in the long jump, placing second with a jump of 24-1, a new top-10 program mark. Carter also qualified for Sunday’s final in the 60m and 200m races.
“We did about as well as we could have,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “Lombardo looked great winning both the long jump and high jump and our two 5k guys ran the fastest times in a while. Drew winning was huge and our 4x8 relay team ran very fast. I’m also pleased with depth in the high jump with Bolger and Kay, while our multis did well.”
The championship meet concludes on Sunday with points in 14 events up for grabs. The final day will stream on the Patriot League Network.
1. Bucknell, 62
2. Navy, 49
3. Army West Point, 34.33
4. Lehigh, 27
5. Boston Univ., 25
6. American, 16
7. Lafayette, 15.66
8. Colgate, 4
9. Holy Cross, 1