By The Daily Item
It was not easy, but Bucknell added another Patriot League President's Cup to its name, extending its conference dominance in 2012-13.
The Bison finished with 120.25 points, which was just enough to earn their 18th Cup. Runner-up Navy, the 2011-12 winner, finished with 119.75 points, making this year's title the closest Cup victory ever.
Before the Midshipmen took the title away from the Bison last year, Bucknell had won six consecutive Cups.
The Patriot League President's Cup is given each year to the school with the highest point total in its conference standings for sponsored men's and women's sports. According to the Patriot League's website, the points "are awarded based upon a combination of an institution's regular-season and tournament finishes in each sport."
The Bison won this year's Cup despite not finishing atop of the men's or women's standings, only the second time that has occurred in its 23-year history. They finished second in both standings.
n Four Bison track stars reach East prelims
Four members of the Bucknell men's track and field squad will attempt to reach the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships when they compete in the NCAA East Preliminaries, starting Thursday.
Seniors Leonard Joseph and Luke Webster and sophomores Kevin Keller and Christian Lupica will be competing at the event in Greensboro, N.C., for the Bison.
Joseph, an Honorable Mention All-American last season, will be making his second appearance at the event, competing in the hammer throw. Last year, Joseph placed 12th to move on to the national championships, where he finished 17th. This season, he broke the school's hammer throw record with a toss of 209 feet, 11 inches in April's Bison Outdoor Classic.
Webster, competing in the discus, and Lupica, who is running the 110-meter hurdles, also broke school records this season. The two will be the first Bison to compete in their events at the East Preliminaries.