Lehigh runs by Lafayette in dual meet
EASTON, Pa. – The Lehigh cross country teams set the tone for the 2010-11 edition of the Lehigh-Lafayette rivalry, sweeping the Leopards at the annual dual meet on Saturday. Carried by a first-place finish from senior Evans Kosgei, the men’s team defeated Lafayette for the 12th straight year in the dual meet, while junior Katherine Pierce carried the women’s team to their sixth straight head-to-head win.
The Brown and White took control of the men’s race, placing nine runners in the top 10 to prevail by a 17-46 overall score. Kosgei finished the 8K in 26:40.0, 13 seconds ahead of freshman Jimmy Miller in second and 15 seconds ahead of junior Evan Flach in third. Senior Andrew Jervis placed fifth, while senior Kyle O’Connor, freshman Tyler Mueller, junior Dan Soltan, senior Brian Herbst and freshman Russell Vignali rounded out spots six through 10, respectively.
"The meet went according to plan," Lehigh men’s coach Todd Etters said. "Our packs did a great job talking and pulling through the race. Every time we run, we want to make a statement. Today, we stuck together through the whole 8K and really made a team statement."
On the women’s side, Pierce crossed the finish in second place overall with a time of 21:32.3 in the 6K. Senior Kaitlin Grimm set a new personal best in the 6K with a time of 21:47.7 to take fourth, while freshman Jessica Kendzor and senior Andrea Mascaro finished fifth and sixth in that order. Freshman Hannah Pierce placed eighth, junior Carolyn Morse took ninth and freshman Katherine Howley finished 10th to give Lehigh seven runners in the top 10.
"I think the way the last couple meets have gone shows that we have a lot of depth on our team," women’s coach Debbie Utesch said. "It was depth that won the meet today. Our young kids ran really well."
The Mountain Hawks will return to their home course on October 1 for the 37th-annual Brooks-Paul Short Run. The all-day event will open with collegiate races throughout the morning and high school competitions into the afternoon. Over 220 colleges and high schools are scheduled to compete.