Lombardo claims school record in high jump

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Lombardo claims school record in high jump

Isabelle Hinckley, Staff Writer

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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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