Lombardo places 2nd overall, sets record in high jump

Isabelle Hinckley, Staff Writer

The men’s track and field team hosted its largest two-day meet of the season on April 16-17 at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The Bison Outdoor Classic included 89 other schools, including NCAA Division I, II, and III teams, along with track and running clubs. This was one of the most competitive meets along the East Coast, resulting in a zealous and determined atmosphere.

Notable performances were plentiful for the Orange and Blue. Nicholas Lombardo ’18 proved to be a strong contender in the high jump, setting a new school record and placing second overall. With an impressive jump of 6-11, Lombardo qualified for the IC4A Outdoor Championship and now holds the top mark in both the indoor and outdoor record books.

“I had to adjust to competing in the heat versus the wind and cold, but this warm weather is ideal for sprinting and jumping so it was a good chance to get a personal record,” Lombardo said. 

Joseph Breen ’17 placed second in the discus throw with a throw of 169-10, scoring a personal best and meeting the IC4A requirement.

John Westwood ’16 continued his excellence, finishing fifth in the 1,500-meter run against 56 competitors. Crossing the finish line at 3:45.04, Westwood claimed an IC4A-qualifying time and now ranks third on the program’s all-time list. Will Bordash ’18 and Peter Murray ’16 competed in the 5,000-meter run, both scoring personal records and IC4A-qualifying times.

Matthew Fay ’19 collected first place in the pole vault to tie for the second-best height in the history of the program. William Melchionni ’19 took fifth in the 400-meter dash to qualify for the IC4A Championships, followed shortly after by Wade Heidel ’19, who also qualified. The 4×100-meter relay team of Dan Gevirtz ’16, Rocco Ordille ’19, Grant Reynolds ’16, and Griffin Robertson ’16 collected third.

“This weekend was a very successful one for the Bison. A lot of personal records and a lot of good running. The team seems to be clicking on all cylinders as we gear up for the Patriot League Championships in three weeks. We need to make some adjustments, but as a whole the team is looking strong,” Westwood said.

In Kutztown, Pa. on April 15, Cody Haupt ’16 and Adam Karl ’18 competed in the Mondschein Multi, each collecting top-10 program records in the decathlon.

On April 23, the Orange and Blue will compete at home again in the Bison Team Challenge.

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