BETHLEHEM, Pa. – In the second event of the season and final event of the fall semester, the Lehigh track and field teams had a solid showing Friday at the Fast Times Before Finals meet inside Rauch Fieldhouse. The meet was unscored, but the Mountain Hawks enjoyed a number of great performances including eight first-place finishes and a trio of repeat ECAC qualifiers.
“We had some solid performances and I think we did a good job of building on what we did last week at the Season Opener,” said head coach Matt Utesch. “It was a stressful week for our student-athletes dealing with final projects and the last week of classes, but I’m pleased with the way they came out and performed.”
Lehigh was joined at the meet by Bloomsburg, Millersville, Alvernia, West Chester, DeSales, East Stroudsburg, Rider and Monmouth.
On the women’s side, for the second week in a row, junior E’Lana Lemon earned an IC4A/ECAC qualifying distance as she threw 17.65m, well surpassing the qualifying distance of 16.00m.
Junior Brittany Pietrosh finished first in the 800-meter rush with a time of 2:23.54. She finished ahead of three teammates who finished second, third and fourth as the Mountain Hawks took six of the top seven spots in the race.
In the 4x800-meter relay, Lehigh took the top three spots as the team of sophomore Jessica Kendzor, sophomore Katherine Howley, freshman Savanna Plombon and Brittany Pietrosh took first with a time of 9:38.70.
In the long jump, senior Alexandra Doersam placed second with a distance of 5.50m, just missing an IC4A/ECAC qualifying distance of 5.70m.
In the one-mile run, junior Julia Perry finished second with a time of 5:10.50 while junior Lauren Pietrosh placed third with a time of 5:21.06.
On the men’s side, for the second week in a row in the high jump, sophomore Patrick Ciez had an IC4A/ECAC qualifying distance of 2.05m, just surpassing the 2.04m to qualify.
Senior Stephen Tutunijian won the long jump and triple jump for the second-straight win as he won the long jump with a distance of 6.87m while his 14.73m triple jump was an IC4A/ECAC qualifying distance for the second week in a row. He jumped 14.73m, surpassing the 14.30m distance needed to qualify.
Junior Devin Monroe won the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.75 placing just ahead of teammate freshman Justin Mahoney who crossed the finish line with a time of 51.81.
In the 800-meter run, freshman Gregory Caldwell won his first collegiate race with a time of 1:59.17.
In the 600-meter hurdles, sophomore Seth Robinson was second with a time of 8.65.
In the 4x800-meter relay, Lehigh took the top two spots as the team of freshmen Stephen Keith, Nicholas Ward, Casey Gilboy and Simon Voorhees took first with a time of 8:09.98.
In the weight throw, junior Christopher Buck finished third with a distance of 15.53m.
Lehigh will return to action on January 14th when the Mountain Hawks will compete at West Point. Lehigh will host three more events this year: the Mountain Hawks Multi Invite on January 20th, the Lafayette dual on January 28th and the John Convert Classic on February 4th.