WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Lehigh women’s track and field team finished fourth out of a field of six competing teams at the Army six-way meet in West Point, N.Y. on Saturday. The Mountain Hawks put together a plethora of impressive performances highlighted by the first place victories for seniors E’Lana Lemon in the weight throw (17.66m) and Julia Perry in the 1000m (2:57.56).
"We trained hard this week and we’re tired, but that’s a good thing," said Lehigh head coach Matt Utesch. "We are going to continue to work and we’re going to keep coming along towards the championships."
Senior Tori Berard placed second in the 5000m after turning in a time of 18:26.25, while junior Danielle Albergo took home a second place finish in the 400m dash after crossing the line in 59.32. Also putting together a solid performance in the 400m dash was sophomore Halie Carter, who finished sixth out of the field of 24 competitors.
In the 500m dash, sophomore Natalie Bates took second (1:20.28), finishing less than a second behind Rider athlete Madeline Hummel (1:20.28). Fellow sophomore Taryn Schmelzinger placed fourth in the 500m dash, while sophomore Babette Hohrath crossed the line right behind her in fifth (1:24.37).
Senior Khaaledah Smith ran the 60m dash in 8.11 which was good for fifth place out of the field of 14 runners. In the 800m run, senior Kathleen Ryan took fourth after crossing the line in 2:22.86.
The Mountain Hawks flourished in the 1000m run as Perry came away with the win, but four other Mountain Hawks finished in the top five of the event. Missing Perry’s mark by .21 was senior Lauren Pietrosh, running the event in 2:57.77, while senior Brittany Pietrosh crossed the line in 3:01.79 for fourth place. Rounding out the top five was sophomore Ingrid Simon, running the race in 3:04.64 for a fifth place finish.
"We had some pretty solid performances considering the rough week of practice," said head coach Matt Utesch. "The 1000m was a nice performance for us, scoring four of the top five places. Julia works extremely hard and makes something that is very difficult look easy. Lauren also put together a great race to get that close to Julia and that shows we have good depth."
Smith added to her day with a fourth place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 26.53, followed by Albergo in fifth (26.58).
Lemon’s throw of 17.66m was an ECAC qualifying mark and following her in the weight throw was junior Jimil Ataman with a fifth place finish out of the field of 27 athletes.
The Mountain Hawks scored 111 points on the day, finishing just 4.50 points behind third place Binghamton and 75 behind the winner of the event, Monmouth (186).
Earlier in the week, senior Brooke Astor and Paquin competed at the Kutztown Invitational, each picking up wins in the pentathlon and heptathlon, respectively. Astor scored 3238 points to win the pentathlon, the highest score of any Patriot League performer this season.
1. Monmouth (186)
2. Rider (154.50)
3. Binghamton (115.50)
4. Lehigh (111)
5. Army (90)
6. Ramapo (21)