Locals Bordash, Bortolot leading the pack at Bucknell

September 13, 2017 GMT

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University freshman runner Michael Bortolot, a former cross country and track and field standout at Joel Barlow High School, was named the Patriot League Male Rookie of the Week for cross country on Tuesday after an impressive showing against nationally ranked teams at Penn State’s Spiked Shoe Invitational on Friday.

Bortolot was Bucknell’s top freshman performer, finishing 22nd out of 57 runners, covering the 5.2-mile course in 27:07. Third-ranked Syracuse won the men’s team title at the event.

Bortolot is the second local product running for Bucknell to be awarded by the Patriot League this season. Senior Will Bordash, a former Ridgefield High School star, was named the league’s Male Runner of the Week last week after winning the season-opening Bison Open. Bordash posted a winning time of 19:23 on his six-kilometer home course. He led a herd of Bison across the finish line, including Bortolot in fourth place, also in 19:23.

“Our men looked good today,” Bucknell coach Kevin Donner said in a story posted on the Bucknell Athletic Department website. “We held out four guys for various reasons that I feel will be varsity runners this season, but I was pleased to see we had a group of four guys that basically ran together. That included a freshman in Bortolot.”

The Bison are scheduled to run at the Panorama Farms Invitational in Earlysville, Va., on Sept. 23.