Bucknell Men's Cross Country's Dugan Named First Team All-League at Patriot League Championships
Oct. 27, 2012
HAMILTON, N.Y. – John Dugan (Ramsey, N.J./Ramsey) placed third overall and earned First Team All-League honors but Bucknell men’s cross country struggled to get the results it was looking for. The Bison finished fifth with 120 points at the Patriot League Championship in Hamilton, N.Y., on Saturday as Lehigh won its first-ever team title.
Dugan completed the eight-kilometer course in 25:39.4 on Saturday. The sophomore was third in the field but first among non-seniors as he trailed only Colgate’s Christopher Johnson (25:11) and American’s Mark Allen (25:28).
After his 13th-place finish last fall, Dugan has now earned All-Patriot League honors in each of his first two seasons in the Orange and Blue. He is the first Bison to be recognized by the league in back-to-back years since Wallace Campbell in 2006 and 2007.
Robert Yamnicky (Shelton, Conn./Shelton) was the second Bison to cross the finish line taking 21st in a time of 26:18.3. The outing was a major improvement over his race last year as a junior where he placed 73rd overall.
Following Yamnicky were Charles Seigneur (Allison Park, Pa./Allison Park) and Michael McGowan (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) in 34th and 35th, respectively. Andrew Garcia-Garrison (Detroit, Mich./Catholic Central) was 37th to complete Bucknell’s top five. It was the second consecutive year in which Garcia-Garrison had scored for the Bison as the current sophomore was fourth on the team and 28th overall a year ago.
“Obviously it was a disappointing men’s finish. Dugan’s third and Yamnicky’s 21st were big bright spots. However, we didn’t get the races from our projected 2, 3, and 4 runners,” said head coach Kevin Donner. “D.J. Krystek and McGowan never quite recovered from their injuries at Pre-Nationals and Garcia-Garrison struggled. We will now regroup and get ready for Regionals.”
In the team standings, Bucknell totaled 120 points, placing them fifth for a second straight year. Lehigh won its first-ever team trophy with 54 points. The Mountain Hawks just edged out defending champions Navy, which tallied 56 points. American was third (74 points), followed by Army (83). Colgate took sixth (130), while Holy Cross was seventh (198) and Lafayette was eighth (245).
Bucknell’s next race will be the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals, hosted by Penn State at University Park, Pa., on Nov. 9.
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