LEWISBURG, Pa. – Sophomore Matthew Fay broke the program record in the pole vault Saturday as the Bucknell men’s track and field team won the team title at the Bucknell Team Challenge at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The Bison scored 224.5 points to finish in first-place among eight teams.
Fay, who entered with a personal-best of 16-2 ¾, won the event with a mark of 16-9 ¼, smashing the previous best of 16-3 recorded Dave Pomfret in 2000. David Kelly also scored in the event, taking seventh.
Joseph Breen was the top thrower in the discus, winning with a toss of 157-8. William Briggs and Tim Guider each scored for the Bison in the event. In the shot put, Breen was the runner-up with a heave of 52-11 ½. Brennan McTighe scored, taking seventh with a throw of 46-2.
The Bison claimed the top three spots in the long jump. Nicholas Lombardo won the event with a leap of 23-0 ¾, while Steven Bolger and Reggie Harris finished second and third, respectively. Lombardo scored in three events, as he finished second in the high jump while taking seventh in the triple jump.
William Melchionni was the top runner in the 400-meter, beating out a field of 22 participants with a time of 48.28. Jacob Ashkettle scored in the event, finishing seventh. Melchionni also scored in the 200m with a time of 21.97.
Jacob Stupak won the 3,000m, completing the race in a field of 12 runners with a time of 8:41.52.
In the 4x400m relay, a team of Ashkettle, Melchionni, Matthew Barton and Gulizio finished third with a time of 3:23.68. In the 4x100m relay, a team comprised of Barton, Melchionni, Ryquan Harris and Jeffrey Brown finished tied for second with a mark of 42.07.
"It was a very good meet for our men," said head coach Kevin Donner. "Our sprinters are starting to drop their times and we had a school record in the pole vault. We also seem to be getting a few injured athletes back in the swing of things. Next week will be a good tuneup at Penn and Bloomsburg and then we will be ready for leagues."
The Bison will compete one last weekend before the Patriot League Outdoor Championships. Bucknell will send a group of athletes to compete at the Penn Relays (Apr. 27-29), while another group will compete at Bloomsburg (Apr. 29).