Bucknell Track & Field's Joseph, Lupica Take Patriot League Honors
April 23, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - After winning the Bucknell Team Challenge last Saturday, Bison men's track and field continued to bring in the accolades as Leonard Joseph (Whitesboro, N.Y./Clinton) and Christian Lupica (Newtown, Pa./Holy Ghost Prep) were both recognized by the Patriot League on Monday. Joseph claimed his second consecutive Field Athlete of the Week honor, while Lupica was named the Rookie of the Week.
Both Bison were individual event winners last weekend. Joseph took gold in the hammer throw with a personal-best mark of 205 feet, 4 inches. The throw was the third-best in program history and gave the junior yet another IC4A Championship-qualifying mark.
Joseph has now been named the Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week in each of the last two voting periods. His last honor came last Monday after he broke the 200-foot barrier in the hammer for the first time in his career.
Lupica now has four Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors, although each of his first three came during the indoor season. His latest honor came after he won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.70 seconds and the 4x100 relay in 41.97 seconds. Both times qualify him for the IC4A Championships in May.
Thanks in part to Joseph's and Lupica's individual performances, the Bison cruised to an easy victory in the Bucknell Team Challenge's overall standings. The Orange and Blue finished with 292.5 points, topping six other squads, including the second-place Penn State team that totaled 104 points.
Bucknell will be back in action this weekend at both the Penn Relays in Philadelphia and the Maroon & Gold Invitational in Bloomsburg, Pa. The Penn Relays are set for April 26-28, while the Bloomsburg meet is a one-day affair on April 28.