Lehigh takes eighth at Mid-Atlantic Regionals
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Two weeks after winning the Patriot League Championships, the Lehigh men’s cross country team finished eighth out of 25 teams at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in University Park, Pa. The Mountain Hawks combined to score 254 points as sophomore Ryan Mahalsky finished as the top performer for the first time this season in 45th (31:31) in the 10K race.
Behind Mahalsky, junior co-captain Tyler Mueller was the next Mountain Hawk to cross the finish line as he placed 48th with a time of 31:33. Sophomore Casey Gilboy (31:47), junior Sam Bernitt (31:48) and junior co-captain Jimmy Miller (31:53) all finished in the top 60 as they took home 52nd, 53rd and 56th, respectively, as part of the tight Lehigh pack. Junior Russ Vignali (33:04) and senior Lyle O’Brien (34:08) rounded out the team score for Lehigh as they cross the line in 101st and 129th, respectively.
The eighth-place finish is the best for the men’s team since tying with Penn State in 2005 for the same position when Lehigh hosted the event. Georgetown was the winner of the event as it finished five runners inside the top 15 and six inside the top 20 for a narrow one-point victory over Villanova. The Wildcats finished with two runners inside the top 10, but fell one point short of the Hoyas. Host Penn State finished fifth on the day, as the Nittany Lions placed two athletes inside the top 25.