Garcia-Garrison leads men’s track and field to second place

Jaylen Amaker, Staff Writer

The men’s track and field team entered Feb. 22 in third place at the Patriot League Championships hosted by Navy, but with outstanding performances by Andrew Garcia-Garrison15, the Bison returned home with a second-place finish.

Garcia-Garrison won four total events throughout the weekend, three of them on the final day of competition. At the conclusion of the Championships, Garcia-Garrison was named the Patriot League Men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Year. He was victorious in the mile (4:12.42), the 1,000 meter run (2:25.35), and was the anchor for the distance medley relay team that crossed the finish line first in 10:02.76.

Navy took home the team title with 228.5 points, the Bison finished second with 146.25 points, and Boston University took third place with 136 points. Army and Lehigh rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth with 104 points and 101 points, respectively.

The Orange and Blue also had huge performances from Christian Lupica ’15, who defended his title in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.03. Grant Reynolds ’16 helped the team with his third-place finish in the same event.

On Feb. 21, the Bison’s 4×800 meter relay team broke a 39-year-old school record and an eight-year-old Patriot League record. A team of Louis Tobias ’17, John Westwood ’16, Alex Jagelsky ’15, and Garcia-Garrison earned the gold medal with a time of 7:28.36.

In total, the Bison had four third-place finishes in different individual events on Feb. 22. Kevin Tapper ’15 finished third in the triple jump, Alex Jagelsky ’15 finished third in the 800 meter run, and Anthony Menza ’16 took third in the 500 meter run. The 4×400 meter relay also posted a third-place finish for the Bison.

The Orange and Blue will return to action in Boston on March 7-8 for the IC4A Championships.

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