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Men’s Track & Field excels at Colonial Relays

Bucknell Men’s Track and Field traveled to Williamsburg, VA to compete in a two-day competition, the Colonial Relays, hosted by William and Mary. 

On the first day, April 5, the team earned third place with 53 points through 13 events. The Bison collected five top-five finishes and one new Bucknell school record.

Ben Santos ’25 had a record breaking day in the 5000-meter run. He finished third with a time of 14:16.85, collecting eight points and earning himself seventh in the Bucknell history books.

In the 3000-meter steeplechase, Jeffrey Gibbs ’24 won silver (9:17.70), Max DiCerbo ’25 earned bronze (9:18.77) and Grant Kern ’26 placed sixth (9:41.37), together totaling 17 points. 

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Another long distance runner who earned a point for Bucknell was Thomas White ’25 in the 10,000-meter run, who finished eighth (31:00.07), a full five minutes better than the runner behind him.

In the sprints, Preston Lubeski ’27 placed eighth in the 400-meter dash, while Matthew Perello ’24 finished eighth in the 200-meter dash.

Leading the jump squad, Jeffrey Cianfrocca ’26 continued his successful spring with a silver placement in the high jump. Cianfrocca’s 6-6 ½ jump collected eight points for the Orange and Blue.

For the throwers, a trio of Bucknell throwers teamed up and collected 11 points in the shot put. Wade Shomper ’26 won fourth, Braden Stryker ’25 finished fifth and Robert Lerner ’26 placed seventh. In the hammer throw, two Bison throwers paired up to tally six points. Aiden Tacker ’26 ranked fifth, while Angelo Regec ’25 placed ninth.  

On the second day of competition, the Orange and Blue finished first. Bucknell won two scoring events and had ten top-ten finishes to power their success.

In the relays, the 6000-meter relay squad of Jayson Harmer ’26, Henry Didden ’26, Santos and Christian Cadmus ’24 earned silver. The 4×400-meter relay quartet of Lubeski, Amani Brown ’27, Colby Belczyk ’25 and Ethan Wolford-Tuffy ’24 placed third, and the 4×100-meter team of Brown, Perello, Brian Scotto ’25 and Brandon Foust ’25 finished sixth.

Both the medley teams were also victorious. The 400-meter distance medley team of Jack Higgins ’27, Connor Goldfarb ’27, JP Byrnes ’27 and Bobby Lynam ’25 placed third, while the 1600-meter sprint medley relay group of Brayden Young ’26, Lubeski, Goldfarb and Alex Simpson ’24 also won bronze.

Two more runners who earned points individually were Scotto, finishing eighth in the 110-meter hurdles, and Belczyk, finishing eighth in the 800-meter run. 

Overall, the discus throwers tallied 15 points. Stryker won the event with a toss of 154-6 ½. Stryker finished third in the Field MVP race with his 14 overall points. Additionally, Lerner added five points on his fourth-place throw of 151-2 ¾. In the non-scoring discus event, Shomper threw a toss of 142-10 ¾. 

Turning to more field events, jumpers Chris Sims ’25 and Momo Peters ’27 provided nine points in the triple jump. Sims finished third, while Peters slotted sixth. 

In the pole vault, Lucas Williams ’27 crushed his competition with a clearance of 15-0 ¼, bringing home gold. 

Next week, the team will stay in Lewisburg to host the Bison Outdoor Classic on April 12-14.

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