LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Bucknell track and field team opened competition Thursday at the NCAA East Preliminary Meet at Kentucky's UK Outdoor Track & Field Complex.
Luke Giugliano wrapped up his Bison career with a trip to Lexington. In the 10,000-meter race, the senior finished 31st with a time of 31:06.31. Giugliano entered with the 40th-best mark in the region of 29:52.01, which he recorded at the Bison Outdoor Classic.
Giugliano received All-Patriot League honors in the race at the Patriot League Outdoor Championships, his first-ever all-league citation. In addition to his success on the track, he is a four-time Academic All-Patriot League selection and on Thursday earned CoSIDA Academic All-District Team honors for the second consecutive year.
Competing at the NCAA East Preliminary Meet for the second straight year and the first time in the long jump, Nicholas Lombardo finished 24th with a leap of 23-8 ¼. The junior entered with the 36th-best mark in the region of 24-6 ½, which he recorded in a victory at the IC4A Championships. The leap ranks second in Bucknell history.
Lombardo concluded an impressive junior season. He is the indoor and outdoor Patriot League champion in the long jump and high jump, receiving Field Athlete of the Meet recognition on both occasions, joining Ron Hess (1999) in earning Patriot League Athlete of the Meet accolades in the same indoor and outdoor campaign.
Meg Sangimino and Rebecca Skovira represented the Bison in the javelin. Sangimino, who entered with the 26th-best mark in the region, placed 26th with a toss of 144-9. Sangimino is a two-time All-Patriot League and All-East honoree.
Skovira finished 28th with a heave of 143-5. She exceeded her overall seed, as she entered with the 35th-best throw in the region. The senior is the Patriot League champion in the event and a two-time All-East performer.
Kate Scott exceeded her seed in the 10,000m, finishing 37th with a time of 35:38.35. Scott entered with the 40th-best time in the region of 34:46.48, which came at the Bison Outdoor Classic, breaking a 30 year-old school record.
Scott closed out a very strong career at Bucknell. She is a seven-time All-Patriot League honoree, a three-time All-East performer, and a three-time NCAA qualifier.
Competing in the 1,500-meter for the second straight year, Christine Bendzinski finished 35th with a time of 4:28.11. The junior qualified for the meet with a time of 4:20.13, which she posted in a victory at the Bison Outdoor Classic.
Bendzinski wrapped up a terrific junior season, earning six All-Patriot League citations while receiving Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year recognition during the indoor and outdoor campaigns, joining Julie Sweitzer (1999) and Caroline Tolli (2012) in earning the accolades in the same season.
“It was a solid day as the majority of our athletes placed a little above their respective seeds,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “Most athletes at this meet do not set personal bests, but if you come close, you will place high.”