April 16, 2008
Schedule of Events
LEWISBURG, Pa. - After hosting the Bison Outdoor Classic this past weekend, the Bucknell men's and women's track and field teams will return to Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium this Saturday, April 19, welcoming six visiting schools for the Bucknell Team Challenge. Penn State, UMBC, Saint Francis (Pa.), Duquesne, Binghamton, Lock Haven and Bucknell will compete at this weekend's Team Challenge. Field events will begin Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the men's triple jump and running events are scheduled to start at 12 p.m. with the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. The day is set to conclude with the final event (women's 4x400 relay) starting at 4:10 p.m.
"The Bucknell Team Challenge is our only scored meet of the outdoor season besides the championship meets," explained Bucknell head coach Kevin Donner. "We will be trying to simulate a league championship without overworking our athletes."
In terms of the competition, Coach Donner previewed that "Penn State has an outstanding team and should be the favorite on both the men's and women's sides. Bucknell and Saint Francis (Pa.) will be the dark horses on the men's side; Lock Haven won the PSAC indoors on the men's side, so they should be tough as well. Saint Francis (Pa.), UMBC and Bucknell will be dark horses on the women's side. It will be good for our program to get back into a scored meet."
Complete results for this weekend's meet will be posted on BucknellBison.com after the conclusion of all events on Saturday afternoon.
Bucknell Men's Track and Field Notebook
Last Time Out ... At The Bison Outdoor Classic, April 11-12 -
- In the high jump, freshman Drew Fitzgerald (Ballston Spa, Pa./Ballston Spa) led Bucknell with a third-place finish. He posted an IC4A-qualifying height of 6-8 1/4 to tie the third-best height in Bucknell history. Fitzgerald went on to place fifth in the pole vault (14-9).
- Sophomore Andrew Yehl (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabeth) and junior Kevin Macleod (East Longmeadow, Mass./East Longmeadow) each ran IC4A times in the 110-meter hurdles. Yehl placed second with a time of 14.66, a career best and the fourth-fastest time in Bucknell history. MacLeod followed in third with a time of 14.82.
- Bucknell's squad of sophomore Griffin Burns (Hanover, Pa./Mercersburg Academy), sophomore Tom Espedal (West Chester, Pa./Henderson), sophomore Clement Gyan (Yonkers, N.Y./Abraham Lincoln) and junior Kerry Boyle (Hazleton, Pa./Hazleton) won the 4x800 relay with a time of 7:50.33.
- In the decathlon, sophomore Ryan White (Elkins Park, Pa./Father Judge) placed second with a point total of 6,439, an IC4A standard. Sophomore Thomas Vogler (Oneonta, N.Y./Oneonta) took fourth, compiling 5,818 total points.
- Senior Wallace Campbell (Montgomery, Ala./Montgomery Acad.) led the Bison in the Invitational Division of the 5,000-meter run with a seventh-place finish and a time of 14:51.16.
IC4A-Qualifying Marks (Outdoor 2008) -
- Kyle Anthony
: Triple Jump (48-8 ¾, Auburn Classic)
- Andrew Yehl
: 110-Meter Hurdles (14.66, Bison Outdoor Classic)
- Kerry Boyle
: 400-Meter Dash (47.77, Auburn Classic)
- Kevin Macleod
: 400-Meter Hurdles (53.49, Auburn Classic); 110-Meter Hurdles (14.82, Bison Outdoor Classic)
- Drew Fitzgerald
: High Jump (6-8 ¼, Bison Outdoor Classic)
- Ryan White
: Decathlon (6,439, Bison Outdoor Classic)
- Kerry Boyle
, Guy Castranova
, Clement Gyan
, Kevin Macleod
: 4x400 Relay (3:14.76, Maryland Invitational)
- Guy Castranova
, Kerry Boyle
, Kevin Macleod
, Kyle Anthony
: 4x400 Relay (3:16.20, Auburn Classic)
New Bison Top-10 Marks (Outdoor 2008) -
- 110-Meter Hurdles: Andrew Yehl (14.66, 4th, Bison Outdoor Classic)
- High Jump: Drew Fitzgerald (6-8 1/4, 3rd, Bison Outdoor Classic)
- Hammer Throw: James Meyer (168-9, 8th, Maryland Invitational)
- 4x400 Relay: Kerry Boyle, Guy Castranova, Clement Gyan, Kevin Macleod (3:14.76, 2nd, Maryland Invitational)
2008 Outdoor Honors -
- Patriot League Preseason Poll: Bucknell (3rd, 81 points, two first-place votes)
Looking Ahead -
- Up next, Bucknell will send athletes to the Penn Relays, April 24-26, and to the Red Flash Open, April 26, before heading to the Patriot League Outdoor Championships, hosted by Navy in Annapolis, Md., May 2-3.
- The ECAC and IC4A Championships are set for May 16-18, in Princeton, N.J. The NCAA East Regional Championships are scheduled for May 30-31, and the NCAA Championships will take place June 11-14, in Des Moines, Iowa.