Egg Harbor’s Robert Dessoye DESTROYS his 800 PR, moves into all-time Bucknell top-10!!!!!

What a race by Robert Dessoye!

The Egg Harbor graduate, now a Bucknell sophomore, smashed his 800 PR by more than two seconds Sunday, running 1:51.82 at the Bison Invitational on his home track in Lewisburg, Pa.

It’s the second PR in a week for Dessoye, who went out in 54.71 and came back in 57.11 and placed fifth in a loaded field. Leon Atkins of Buffalo won in 1:49.97, leading an incredible 28 runners under the IC4A qualifying standard of 1:54.00.

Dessoye ran 1:54.00 indoors at IC4A but came into this spring with an outdoor PR of 1:54.74 from a home meet last spring. Dessoye ran 1:55.28 at EHT, PR’ing at Group 4 states as a senior.

Dessoye’s time is No. 4 in the Patriot League so far this spring.

Dessoye’s 1:51.82 is No. 10 in Bucknell history, and that’s a program that has been producing tremendous middle-distance runners for decades.

Here’s the top-10:
1:45.24 … Thomas McLean, 1974
1:49.84  … Mike Geraghty, 1983
1:50.19 … Ron Hess, 2000
1:50.52  … Joran Donaldson, 2012
1:50.94 … Alex Jagelsky, 2014
1:50.99 … Andrew Garcia-Garrison, 2015
1:51.18 … Scott Gulizio, 2017
1:51.51 … Ryan Johnson, 2013
1:51.82 … Robert Dessoye, 2019

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