JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Bucknell track and field wrapped up competition Saturday at the NCAA East Preliminary Meet at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium. Kate Scott represented the Bison women in the 5,000-meter, while Joseph Breen competed in the shot put and Nicholas Lombardo in the high jump.
Scott concluded her season Saturday, placing 34th with a time of 16:59.04. Scott entered with a seed time of 16:38.31, which ranked 48th in the East region. Her qualifying time came at the Bison Outdoor Classic and is a school record.
"Kate took the pace out way too hard early in the race which cost her a much higher place," said head coach Kevin Donner. "It was a big meet rookie mistake that she will learn from and next year at this time she will run like a veteran."
Scott had a fantastic junior season. She set school records in the indoor and outdoor 5,000-meter events, and won her second-straight 10,000-meter race at the Patriot League Outdoor Championships. Scott won the title in the 10,000m at the ECAC Championships, becoming just one of three Bison to win an individual title at the event.
After qualifying for the NCAA East Preliminary Meet due to a medical scratch, Breen finished 46th with a heave of 50-7 ¼. The junior entered with a qualifying toss of 56-5 ¾, which he earned at the 122nd Penn Relays. The toss is also a Bucknell school record.
"Joe got the last minute call from the NCAA and the experience was great for him," said Donner.
Breen wrapped up a solid junior campaign. He earned All-Patriot League honors for the first time at the outdoor championships, winning the silver in the shot put. He also reached the podium during the indoor season with a third-place effort in the shot put.
Lombardo entered the meet with a qualifying mark of 6-11, which he earned at the Bison Outdoor Classic. The mark is also a Bucknell school record. The sophomore finished up an impressive sophomore season. This year, he set school records in the indoor and outdoor high jump, and earned All-Patriot League accolades in three events. He won the Patriot League title in the outdoor long jump and earned All-East honors in the event at the IC4A Championships.
"Lombardo had a couple good attempts at opening height but just clipped the bar with his heel. He had a great season and being a sophomore will allow him to get back to this meet," said Donner.