Seventh straight Team Challenge title for men’s track and field

Reagan Cerney, Contributing Writer

The men’s track team won the Bucknell Team Challenge for the seventh year in a row at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium on April 18 with 226 points. Duquesne trailed with 125 points and Binghamton with 84.

Christian Lupica ’15 continued his fantastic senior season getting the facility record in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.87 seconds. Lupica also finished fifth in the 400m hurdles. Grant Reynolds ’16 placed second in both the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles.

The Bison had exceptional performances in the middle distance events. Andrew Garcia-Garrison ’15 finished first in the 800m with a time of 1:52.82. His teammate John Westwood ’16 was right behind him with a time of 1:53.37. David Frering ’18, William Bordash ’18, and Louis Tobias ’17 finished fourth, sixth, and seventh in the 1500m, respectively.

In the throwing events, Laddie Trees ’15 threw 224-08 in the javelin, winning by over 29 feet. Jack Fellows ’15 had runner-up finishes in the hammer throw and the discus. Joseph Breen ’17 placed second in the shot put and third in the discus.

Other notable performances were second-place finishes by Kevin Tapper ’15 in the 400m, John Kirna ’16 in the 3000m steeplechase, Adam Karl ’18 in the high jump, Peter Murray ’16 in the 3000m, and Nick Lombardo ’18 in the triple jump. The Bison also had first-place finishes in the both the 4x400m and 4x800m relays.

“We had a lot of positives from the meet, but still a couple of things we need to touch up for leagues. It was a great day for the seniors and hopefully we can send them out with a bang. It was awesome to watch Kevin Keller compete in his first meet in two years and to watch Sean Dougherty compete in his first meet of the year,” Westwood said.

Select individuals will run at Penn Relays on April 23-25 where the Bison look to get some of their top marks of the season facing the nation’s best competition. The rest of the team will compete at the Bloomsburg Invitational on April 25. The Bison look forward to their upcoming Patriot League Championship on May 1-2.

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