New school records, sunny skies for men’s track and field

Reagan Cerney, Contributing Writer

With perfect sunny conditions, the men’s track and field team competed in its first home meet of the season at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium on April 11-12. The Bison had some outstanding performances considering the fierce competition from over 70 other schools.

“A number of athletes were able to set personal and season bests because of the combination of great weather and tough competition. This bodes well moving forward to next week’s home meet as well as the Patriot League championships in two weeks. [We] are rounding into shape as the season progresses and we look forward to contending for a Patriot League championship on both sides of the team in the coming weeks,” Louis Tobias ’17 said.

On the first day of competition, Andrew Garcia-Garrison ’15 debuted his outdoor season with a sixth place finish in the 1500m in 3:46.58. To put that in perspective, this time translates to almost a sub four-minute mile. Following his success, Zach Williams ’18 finished third out of 35 runners with a time of 9:22.96 in the 3000m steeple chase.

In the field, Laddie Trees ’15  threw an impressive 207-4 for the javelin, placing second.

On the second day of competition, Christian Lupica ’15 did not disappoint with his winning streak in the 110m high hurdles, crossing the line at 14.32. His teammate Grant Reynolds ’16 was right behind in fourth. Lupica and Reynolds were also a part of the 4x100m team that included Daniel Gevirtz ’16 and Kevin Tapper ’15. The relay placed second and received an IC4A-qualifying time of 41.74.

Joseph Breen ’17 had a notable performance in the shot put, throwing 55-5 ½ feet to set a new school record. This beats out the previous record by over a foot, set by Tom Barr in 2012. 

While the Bison have had some great individual performances, the main focus now is to gain further depth. The Bison will compete at home again on April 18 at the Bucknell Team Challenge. This will be the last home meet of the season.

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