BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete in its second meet in as many weeks as the Mountain Hawks host the Fast Times Before Finals Friday inside the Rauch Fieldhouse.
At last Friday’s Season Opener, the Lehigh teams combined for 14 first-place finishes highlighted by three ECAC qualifiers. On the men’s side, Stephen Tutunjian won the triple jump with a qualifying distance of 14.56m while Patrick Ciez qualified in the high jump with a distance of 2.04m. For the women, it was E’lana Lemon who qualified in the weight throw with a distance of 17.57m and for her efforts, was named the Patriot League Female Field Athlete of the Week.
“I was really pleased with the meet,” said head coach Matt Utesch. “We had a lot of great efforts and performances, and we came out healthy which is always a bonus. We want to come out Friday and build on what we started. Our intensity will pick up and hopefully we start to peak and bring a little more to each meet until we get to Patriot League Championships.”
The Mountain Hawks will continue to look for strong performances Friday as they will be competing against Bloomsburg, Millersville, Alvernia, West Chester, DeSales, East Stroudsburg, Rider and Monmouth.
Both the men’s and women’s team have a large group of newcomers and after a solid first collegiate meet, Utesch is expecting to see even better things this time around.
“Sometimes we saw the deer in the headlights look but that should be going away now and they should be ready to go and win,” Utesch said. “We place a premium on winning, not just for the freshmen but everyone. Times don’t matter - just win and keep winning all season long and you’ll be running fast because competition will continue to get better.”
Action on Friday begins with the field events at 6 p.m. inside Rauch Fieldhouse. Track events will begin at approximately 6:30. Following Friday’s meet, the Lehigh track and field teams will be off until 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.
6:00PM Women’s Pole Vault (Men PV to follow)
Women’s 20lb Wt. (Men 35lb Wt to follow)
Women’s Shot Put (Following Men’s WT)
Men’s Shot Put (Following Women’s SP)
Men’s Long Jump (Women LJ to follow)
Men’s Triple Jump (Following Women’s LJ)
Women’s Triple Jump (Following Men’s TJ)
Women’s High Jump (Men HJ to follow)
6:30PM Men’s 60m Hurdles
6:40PM Women’s 60m Hurdles
6:50PM Men’s One Mile Run
7:00PM Women’s One Mile Run
7:15PM Men’s 60m Dash
7:30PM Women’s 60m Dash
7:40PM Men’s 500m Dash
7:45PM Women’s 500m Dash
7:50PM Men’s 400m Dash
8:05PM Women’s 400m Dash
8:15PM Men’s 800m Run
8:30PM Women’s 800m Run
8:35PM Men’s 200m Dash
8:50PM Women’s 200m Dash
9:00PM Men’s 4x800m Relay
9:15PM Women’s 4x800m Relay
9:30PM Men’s 4x400m Relay
9:45PM Women’s 4x400m Relay