More Records Fall as Bucknell Men's Track Runs Away with Youngstown State Invite Title
Feb. 2, 2013
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Christian Lupica broke his own school record in the 60-meter hurdles and seven more Bison set program top-10 marks as Bucknell men's track and field ran away with the team trophy at the Youngstown State National Invitational on Saturday. The Bison also collected eight event wins and swept more than one event to secure the team victory by more than 200 points.
Bucknell finished with 322.5 points in the team standings, while Duquesne was a distant second with 117. No other team in the field had more than 100 points.
"Our men really showed a nice combination of quality and depth across all of the events to handily win the meet," said head coach Kevin Donner. It was a nice weekend and we had quite a few men put themselves in position to make our league lineup."
Lupica had one of his best days in what has already developed into an impressive season for the sophomore. He broke his own school record in the 60 hurdles by one-hundredth of a second, clocking in at 8.04 in the prelims. He matched that time in the finals for the win. Lupica later placed fourth in the 60-meter dash with another career best. In that event, he finished in 6.93 seconds, keeping him in fourth in the program record books.
Just ahead of Lupica in the 60 meters was Justin Hicks. Hicks ended up third in one of the closest finishes possible as Duquesne's Shakeil Carter won the event with an official time of 6.914 seconds. Youngstown State's Michael Davis was second in 6.917 and Hicks crossed the line in 6.920.
Hicks was involved in another close decision in the 200 meters. The senior ultimately was second in that race with a time of 21.83 seconds, one-hundredth of a second behind the winner. Hicks' finish was a career best.
Depth continued to be a strong point for the Bison both in the field events and on the track. Ray Holmes (48-10), Alex Prieto (46-8 ¼) and Kevin Tapper (45-6 ½) went 1-2-3 in the triple jump. Holmes' victory, which came with a career-best mark that ranks third in program annals, secured the event title for the Bison for the second consecutive year after Prieto won gold in 2012. Nathaniel Witter, Ian Ferguson and Scott Weismiller also combined for three of the top four spots in the pole vault. Witter was the leader with a first-place finish, tying his career-best height of 15-9.
On the track, Bucknell took each of the first five places in the 3,000 meters and four of the first five in the 400 meters. At the longer distance, Robert Yamnicky (8:28.46) led the pack, followed by Andrew Garcia-Garrison, John Dugan, Harrison Brakewood and Andrew Kuchta in second through fifth. In the 400 meters, Anthony Menza won the title in 49.66 seconds giving him the ninth-fastest time ever at Bucknell. Kevin Keller was second, while Griffin Robertson and Grant Reynolds were fourth and fifth, respectively.
The sweeps continued at 800 meters where John Westwood claimed his second title of the meet. The rookie was the victor in the 1,000 last night, setting a Watson and Tressel Training Site facility record. On Saturday, he clocked in at 1:53.80, just ahead of Zachary Moon's second-place time of 1:53.87. Dennis Logan (1:55.47) was third.
Bucknell had two more individual wins before the end of the day. Jason Brown successfully defended his high jump record, clearing a career-best 6-7. He is now tied for ninth on the program record lists. The 4x400 relay capped off the day with a victory as well. It's time of 3:18.75 ranks eighth at Bucknell.
Bucknell will now ready itself for its final regular-season meet of the winter. The Bison will host the Bucknell Winter Classic Feb. 9 at Gerhard Fieldhouse before turning its attention to the Patriot League Championships in two weeks' time.