BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Coming off a dual meet victory of rival Lafayette last weekend, the Lehigh men’s track and field team will split its squad for a pair of meets this weekend. Part of the team will head to Moravian for the 2012 Pollard Invitational on Friday and Saturday while the rest of the squad will travel to Lewisburg, Pa. for Bucknell’s Bison Outdoor Classic on Saturday and Sunday.
The Mountain Hawks were successful against the Leopards last weekend, winning 112-91 on the strength of 10 individual event victories.
Lehigh showed the depth of their squad, sweeping the podium in four events, two on the track as well as two in the field. On the track, the Mountain Hawks took the top three spots in the 3000m steeplechase, led by junior Lyle O’Brien with a time of 9:43:37 and the 1500m run paced by sophomore Sam Bernitt’s 4:01:23 finish.
In field competition, Lehigh swept the high jump led by senior Stephen Rumizen’s 1.98m mark, and the Mountain Hawks owned the top-three spots in the shot put behind freshman Ryan Rhodes’ 14.36m toss.
The Pollard Invitational will be a test of local competitors, as the field includes host Moravian, Lafayette, Monmouth, DeSales, East Stroudsburg, Ithaca and Muhlenburg. The meet will kickoff Friday afternoon with a few track and field events beginning at 4 p.m., while the majority of events will take place on Saturday, when the meet resumes at 10 a.m.
The Bison Outdoor Classic will span Saturday and Sunday, with action getting underway at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, and resuming at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. In last year’s meet at Bucknell, senior Evans Kosgei posted a new school record and ECAC qualifying time 30:09.79 in the 10,000 meter run.
The Mountain Hawks found success at both events last year, and will look to continue their momentum as they get set to compete this weekend.