Men’s track and field scores big at Gulden Invitational

Leah Fogelsanger, Sports Co-Editor

This past weekend, the Bison men’s track and field team dominated the field against seven strong contending teams. Such teams included Shippensburg, Saint Francis (Pa.) and Johns Hopkins. With five first-place finishes overall, the Bison outscored the next closest opponent by over 80 points.

The Bison showed immense progress as they had many personal-bests in both track and field events. Nick Marino ’21 increased his personal best in the pole vault indoors by four inches, securing his win in by a comfortable margin.

Head coach Kevin Donner stated that he was happy with his team’s performance overall and looks forward to the future meets in order to prepare for the upcoming leagues.

“Today was a very solid team effort,” Donner said. “It’s always nice to win home meets, and we had some nice early season marks.”

On the track, Alex Dessoye ’21 and his twin brother Robert Dessoye ’21 went 1st and 2nd in the 500m, securing the Orange and Blue a solid number of points. Both ended up qualifying for the IC4As.

“The meet last weekend was a good final tune-up meet where we were able to see where some of our athletes were at and had some big performers in our team, especially the long sprinters. With this performance, we look forward to Penn State this upcoming weekend, as it is a very prestigious invite meet where we look to compete with some of the best schools on the East coast,” Alex Dessoye said.

In the 1000m, Owen Chase ’22 took the win by a less than comfortable margin over teammate Sean Conway ’20 by only 0.01 at the finish line.

While the men’s team secured the meet by a large margin of points, the most impressive feat of the day was that of newcomer Stefone Moore-Green ’20. The former football wide receiver turned track athlete has continued to post impressive times in only his first two meets.

This past weekend, Moore-Green earned an IC4A qualification in the 200m event after finishing second (22.03). The field of athletes featured six returners who clinched the IC4A standard as well. Moore-Green’s time is just 0.03 shy of earning him a place in the top 10 list for the event.

The Bison look forward to earning their third consecutive win this upcoming weekend when they return to the track this upcoming weekend at the Penn State National Open and the Bison Open and Multi.

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