Men’s track dazzles in Winter Classic

By Cooper Sutton

Sports Editor

The men’s track and field team finished its regular season on high note this Saturday at the Bucknell Winter Classic with 10 different Bison claiming victories.

Most notable among the victorious Bison was Robert Arent ’12, who won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.19 seconds and came in second in the 200-meter dash, which was won by Isaih Bell ’11. The hurdles time was the second-fastest in Bison history, 0.03 seconds behind Arent’s own career best. Arent’s name now appears on 10 different University top-10 lists.

In the 800-meter run, Chris Sacks ’14 took first place with a 1:52.89. His time was the fastest for a Bison athlete in seven years.

Two separate throwers put themselves on the top-five list for shot-put this weekend. Zachary Shapiro ’11 took first in the event and fourth all-time, posting a throw of 51-5.75. Coming in second place was Tom Barr ’12, who threw a 51-4.25 for fifth all-time.

The Bison had a strong showing in the triple jump as well, taking the top four spots. Ray Holmes ’14 won the event with a distance of 46-6.75. The other top-four finishers were Kevin McGuire ’11, Dan Kubinski ’11 and Alex Prieto ’14, in that order from second to fourth.

Three separate pole vaulters, Ian Ferguson ‘13, Drew Fitzgerald ’11 and Daniel Markwalter ‘13, tied for first place, clearing the 14-9 jump.

Capping off the successful day for field events, Leonard Joseph ’13 took first place in the weight throw, throwing a career-best 57-5.75.

The Winter Classic seems to have been a boost for the team going into the Patriot League Championships.

“I think the Winter Classic demonstrated our team’s capability going into the championships,” Nigel Robinson ’14 said. “We’ve been hit with a lot of injuries this year, but we’re still a very competitive team. I think it’s evident how hard we’ve been working that we’re hitting plateaus so late into the season.”

The team hopes to reach new heights this upcoming weekend in the Patriot League Championships hosted by Navy.

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