Lombardo claims school record in high jump


Isabelle Hinckley, Staff Writer

On Jan. 23, the men’s track and field team won the Gulden Invitational for the fifth consecutive year. The Bison won eight events overall, scored 82 points, and demonstrated seven IC4A-qualifying performances. Head Coach Kevin Donner was excited not only about the win, but also the team support throughout the meet.

“The meet went extremely well. We excelled as a team, which bodes well for the upcoming Patriot League Championship,” Nick Lombardo ’18 said.

During the annual Gulden Invitational, Lombardo set a school record in the high jump. Two weeks earlier Lombardo tied the record—but an incredible jump of 6-11 gave him the solo title. Lombardo also won the long jump during the event with a mark of 23-3 1/4 and claimed runner-up in the triple jump, earning him the event’s field MVP award.

Adam Mszanski ’17 won the pole-vault with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 15-3. Tony Menza ’16 and John Westwood ’16 also won their events with IC4A-qualifying times. Menza finished first in the 500-meter by crossing the finish line in 1:05.95, while Westwood completed the 1000-meter in 2:27.52. Olu Shoyoye ’16 finished as the runner-up in shot put, but set a new personal best in the weight throw measuring 57-8 1/4. His performance was seventh best in school history for the Orange and Blue.

“After two long weeks of track camp and another week without a meet, it was great to see everyone ecstatic and excited to compete. I think it really showed with our numerous great performances,”  Shoyoye said.

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