Bucknell's Joseph, Lupica Repeat as Patriot League's Top Track Athletes
Jan. 21, 2013
LEWISBURG, Pa. - After three indoor meets, Bucknell men's track and field's Leonard Joseph (Whitesboro, N.Y./Clinton) claimed his third Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week honor on Monday. The award was the seventh of his career, tying a conference record. Also recognized on Monday was Christian Lupica (Newtown, Pa./Holy Ghost Prep), who was voted both the Patriot League Runner of the Week and the Bison Athlete of the Week.
Joseph's latest accolade came after he stayed undefeated with a win in the weight throw at last Saturday's Gulden Invitational. The senior threw 62-10 ½, giving him a season best putting him 1 ½ inches off his career record.
Joseph has been recognized for his strength in the weight throw three times this season and seven times in his career. The career mark equals the record set by former Bison Tyler Hoffman from 2003-07. The Patriot League single-season record for Field Athlete of the Week honors is six, set by Joseph's former teammate Tom Barr last winter.
Lupica continued to put together outstanding meet results at the Gulden Invitational, where he was named the Most Valuable Track Athlete following competition. The sophomore won the 60-meter hurdles and 200 meters before finishing second as part of the 4x400 relay. His times in all three events qualified him for March's IC4A Championships in Boston.
Lupica's 200-meter time of 21.84 was a new Gerhard Fieldhouse record. It was the third occasion in as many meets that Lupica had set a record of some kind. Before breaking the facility standard, he also rewrote the program lists with a record in the 60 hurdles (8.05) at the Bison Opener and the 300 meters (34.77) at the Bucknell Mini Meet.
With this most recent award, Lupica has now been named the Patriot League's top track athlete twice this season. He was also honored in December. Lupica repeated as a Bison Athlete of the Week as well, as he received that award almost a year ago exactly on Jan. 22, 2012 following his performance at last year's Gulden Invitational.
Bucknell will split squads for its next set of competitions. The Orange & Blue will host the Bison Open & Multi and travel to the Penn State National Invitational on Jan. 25-26.