NORTHVILLE, Mich. – The Bucknell men’s cross country team took three of the top five spots en route to winning the team title in the four-mile portion of the 30th Annual Detroit Titan Invitational on Saturday. The Bison scored 25 points to beat the 14-team field to earn their third-ever team title at Cass Benton Park.
Luke Giugliano was the runner-up of 120 participants in the race, finishing in 20:32. The race was won by Detroit’s Ben Kendall in 20:24. Giugliano came in 21 seconds before third-place finisher Jonathan Allen of Findlay.
Ross Pirnie finished fourth with a time of 21:01, while Drew Dorflinger, the Patriot League Rookie of the Week, took fifth in 21:03. Ben Siciliano finished sixth, followed by Will Bordash in eighth, Brian Dengler in ninth and Jacob Stupak in 10th to round out the top Bison finishers.
Eastern Michigan, the fifth-ranked team in the Great Lakes Region, finished second with 83 points, followed the Red Cedar Running Club (95), Detroit (97) and Findlay (121) to round out the top five.
"Our guys got out a little slow which ended up being very smart due to the humidity," said head coach Kevin Donner, a 1984 Detroit graduate and former head coach at his alma mater. "The third mile they really established themselves. I was really happy with our freshmen."
Bucknell, the 10th-ranked team in the Mid-Atlantic Region, returns to action Sept. 23 to run at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational.