NEWVILLE, Pa. – Sophomore Drew Dorflinger won the 4k race, and freshman Michael Bortolot finished third in the 8k race to lead Bucknell men’s cross country to the team title at the Dickinson Long-Short Invitational held at Big Spring High School on Saturday.
Bucknell edged Dickinson by one point for the team title, finishing with 45 points. The Bison finished second in the short race with 20 points and second in the long race with 25.
Dorflinger dominated the 4k race, which featured 148 runners, winning with a time of 11:54. That was 15 seconds faster than the runner-up, Misericordia’s Sean Luzzi. Joining Dorflinger in the top 10 for Bucknell was sophomore Jacob Stupak, who finished fifth in 12:21.
The individual win was the first of Dorflinger’s career. His previous best finish was second at the Bison Open in his first collegiate race.
“Dorflinger missed the UVA meet, so the 4k was a good tuneup for Penn State in two weeks,” Bucknell head coach Kevin Donner said. “I was excited to see Stupak and Siciliano back in action for the first time this year.”
Freshman Riley Gardner took 14th to round out Bucknell’s scored runners in the 4k race. Finishing in the top 30 were junior Scott Gulizio (20th), sophomore Nick Pacelli (21st), and senior David Frering (28th).
Freshman Michael Bortolot was Bucknell’s top runner in the 8k race, taking fourth out of 152 runners with a time of 26:06. He was joined in the top 10 by sophomore Trent Rose in 10th, while sophomore Ben Siciliano was also a scored runner with an 11th-place showing.
“Bortolot missed last week due to being sick, and he looked great on this tough course,” Donner said. “Overall, our depth is starting to take shape as we approach the end of the season.”
Messiah’s Benjamin Schott won the 8k race in 25:39, while Muhlenberg’s Corey Mullins was the runner-up in 25:54.
Some Bison runners will next run at the Penn State National Open on Friday, Oct. 13, while others will compete at Lafayette’s Leopard Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 14.