Setting the Scene
What:
 Penn State Open
When:
 Friday, October 14, 2016 - Women (11:30 a.m. – 6,000 Meters); Men (12:15 p.m. – 5.2 Miles)
Where:
 Penn State Blue/White Golf Courses – University, Pa.

What: Leopard Invitational
When: Saturday, October 15 - 10:00 a.m.
Where: Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex – Easton, Pa.

About the Bison (Men)
>> Bucknell returns to action after competing at Lehigh’s Paul Short Run.
>> The Bison finished seventh out of 14 Division I schools at the meet, finishing ahead of Patriot League programs Colgate, Holy Cross, Loyola and Lafayette.
>> Louis Tobias was Bucknell’s top runner, taking 20th of 117 runners in the 8k with a time of 25:36.
>> Chad Sussman finished 33rd in 25:57, followed by Matthew Taddeo (35th), Trent Rose (49th) to give the Bison four runners in the top 50. 
>> Bucknell ranks 10th in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Quote - “Our top end guys have not raced for three weeks and the training has been going really well,” says head coach Kevin Donner. “Racing at the regional course at Penn State will set us up well and we hope to build on a successful season to set us up for the two championship races. There’s a lot at stake the next day at Lafayette as guys will be racing to extend their cross country seasons.” 

About the Bison (Women)
>> The Bison women finished third out of 15 Division I schools at the Paul Short Run, finishing ahead of Patriot League programs Navy, Lafayette and Colgate.
>> Colleen Buckley placed 10th out of 134 runners in 21:34, while Anna Chiodo-Ortiz finished 15th in 21:54.
>> Margaret Thomson took 24th in 22:04, followed by Lauren Hazzard (26th) and Brennan Sharkey (29th), as Bucknell’s top five scorers each finished in the top 30.
>> Bucknell ranks seventh in the Mid-Atlantic region. 

Quote - “We have an opportunity to race on both the regional and Patriot League courses which will help us learn the terrain and develop a race strategy,” says coach Donner. “The meet at Penn State has a few nationally ranked teams and we should be at full strength which should make things real interesting. There will be a lot at stake the next day at Lafayette as many of the women will be racing to extend their cross country seasons.” 

Penn State Open Competing Teams (Men)
>> The Bison will compete against several nationally and regionally ranked teams. Below are Bucknell’s ranked opponents:

>> Oklahoma State (#9)
>> Ole Miss (#10)
>> Virginia (#19)
>> Virginia Tech (#28)
>> Texas (RV)
>> Villanova (RV)

Penn State Open Competing Teams (Women)
>> The Bison will compete against several nationally and regionally ranked teams. Below are Bucknell’s ranked opponents:

>> Penn State (#8)
>> Oklahoma State (#14)
>> Ole Miss (#25)
>> West Virginia (#30)
>> Cornell (RV)
>> William & Mary (RV) 

Up Next
>> Bucknell returns to action Oct. 29 to compete at the Patriot League Championships, hosted by Lafayette.