WEST POINT, N.Y. – Paced by a victory in the long jump by Derek Gaul, the Lehigh men’s track and field team scored 98.50 points for a fourth place finish at the Army six-way meet in West Point, N.Y. on Saturday. Along with Gaul, Lehigh also turned in three second place finishes on the day as the Mountain Hawks continue to prepare for the Patriot League Championships.
"We trained hard this week and we’re tired, but that’s a good thing," said Lehigh head coach Matt Utesch. "We are going to continue to work and we’re going to keep coming along towards the championships."
Gaul posted a jump of 6.84m, .06 meters ahead of the rest of the field for one of two Lehigh wins on the day. Gaul also finished ninth in the 60 meter dash in just his third collegiate meet of his career. The Mountain Hawks also took the eighth and ninth spots in the long jump as Patrick Ciez (6.47m) and Ryan Paquin (6.42m) claimed those places, respectively.
"He (Derek Gaul) does not surprise me because I knew he was that good and I’m very pleased to have him with us," said Utesch. "He has a lot left to show as well."
Ryan Mahalsky finished second in the 5000m run, crossing the line in 15:19.54 for one of the three second places finishes for the Brown and White.
Martin Otieno posted an impressive day for Lehigh, placing second in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.01, finishing just .02 behind the winner from Monmouth. In the 200 meter dash, Otieno grabbed another second place finish (22.66) after crossing the line just .07 behind the winner from Monmouth. Devin Monroe was the third place finisher in the 200 meter dash, crossing the line just behind Otieno in 22.67.
"He (Otieno) is the workhorse and keeps coming back week after week and putting up good times," said Utesch. "He’s going to have a big impact at the league championships."
Junior Jimmy Miller continued the solid performance for Lehigh with a third place finish in the 3000 meter run as he finished in 8:33.07.
Christopher Buck was the top performer for Lehigh in the weight throw, turning in a distance of 13.75m for a 13th place finish out of the field of 25 competitors. In the pole vault, Tyler John was the top Mountain Hawk after posting a height of 4.20m for a sixth place finish.
Adeolu Adesida posted a jump of 1.99m in the high jump which tied him with three other athletes, one from Army and two from Monmouth for first place in the event. Tying for fifth was Ciez after turning in a performance of 1.94m.
Earlier in the week, senior Brooke Astor and Paquin competed at the Kutztown Invitational, each picking up wins in the pentathlon and heptathlon, respectively. Paquin scored 4469 points, knocking off Kutztown's Jacob Murray (4313) for the top spot.
The Mountain Hawks will now host the Angry Birds at Lehigh next weekend with the action beginning at 10 a.m. inside Rauch Fieldhouse.
1. Army (214)
2. Rider (150)
3. Monmouth (149.50)
4. Lehigh (98.50)
5. Binghamton (62)
6. Ramapo (15)