LEWISBURG, Pa. – Senior Ross Pirnie posted his first career victory Friday as the Bucknell men’s cross country team opened the 2016 season at the Bison Open on the West Fields.

Bucknell got off to a strong start in its first competitive race of the year. Pirnie clocked a time of 14:39 on the three-mile course, which is a personal record for the senior at the season opening meet. The men occupied the top 13 spots in a field of 50 participants.

Freshmen Drew Dorflinger and Ben Siciliano had an impressive collegiate debut on Friday, finishing the race second and third, respectively. Dorflinger came in at 14:44, while Siciliano followed eight seconds later.

Luke Giugliano finished fourth in 14:54, followed by Jacob Stupak, Louis Tobias, Zach Williams, Kyle Adams, Landin Delaney and Brian Dengler.

“After three weeks of base work, I was very pleased with our effort,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “The guys did a nice job working in groups and our freshmen looked very good and they give us great depth. Three miles is not really a great indicator of how we will do in the 8k or 10k, but it does give me some data for future training. Ross looked very solid and has picked up where he left off last spring.”  

Bucknell will be back in action Sept. 10 to compete at the Detroit Titan Invitational.