BETHLEHEM, Pa. – In its second event of the season and final event of the fall semester the Lehigh track and field teams enjoyed a successful night of competition Friday at the Fast Times Before Finals meet inside Rauch Fieldhouse. The meet was unscored, but Mountain Hawk athletes enjoyed a number of personal bests to enter the semester break on a high note.
“I’m really pleased with how we came back this week,” said Lehigh head coach Matt Utesch. “Everyone came back focused from last week to tonight. We competed really well and had a bunch of personal bests, about nine on the women’s side and eight on the men’s side.
Utesch continued, “All these bests mean that the kids are adjusting well to the technique and responding well to the training. We’re definitely heading in the right direction as we head into break.”
Lehigh was joined at the meet by Bloomsburg, De Sales, Millersville and Ursinus. On the women’s side sophomore Elizabeth McManus led a 1-2-3 finish for Mountain Hawks in the 500 meters with a time of 1:20.74. McManus was followed by classmates Kathleen Ryan and Jessica Perone. Danielle Albergo won the 400 meters in 1:00.13. Sophomore Khaleedah Smith took second in the sprint events, with a 7.97 in the 60 meters and a 26.36 in the 200.
Another sophomore, Brittany Pietrosh led a top-four Lehigh finish in the 800 meters with a time of 2:21.07 while Lauren Pietrosh took the mile 5:24.28.
In the field events, sophomore E’Lana Lemon won the women’s weight throw with an effort of 15.46 meters, with senior Emily Settle taking second. Freshman Anna Obed won the shot put with a throw of 12.57 meters. Sophomore Alex Doersam won the long jump with a jump of 5.37. Reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week Brooke Astor earned a pair of second place finishes in the 60 meter hurdles and high jump.
On the men’s side sophomore Chris Buck won the weight throw with a toss of 15.47 meters and added a third place finish in the shot put. Junior Kyle Forrest won the high jump, clearing 1.98 meters.
Freshman Ryan Paquin and Forrest had the top two spots among attached competitors in the long jump, with Paquin jumping 6.73 meters to Forrest’s 6.71. Paquin also finished first among attached competitors in the 60 meter hurdles, with a time of 8.61.
John Ciaverdelli placed second in the 500 meters with a time of 1:09.69 while Michael Lowrie was second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:02.02. Kyle O’Connor placed second in the mile, finishing in 4:26.39.
The Mountain Hawks will return to action on Saturday, January 15 at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md.