NEW YORK, N.Y. – In its final meet before the Patriot League Championships, the Lehigh women’s track and field team had some impressive results at the Lafayette/Rider Invitational at the NYC Armory. The Mountain Hawks had four first-place finishes highlighted by sophomore Jessica Kendzor’s victory in the 800-meter run. Kendzor’s time of 2:12.80 broke the school record of 2:13.23 set in 2009 by Sarah Serwo.
The meet was a clearly a great tune up for Lehigh as the Mountain Hawks get set to compete in the Patriot League Championships next weekend in Lewisburg, Pa.
“I was very happy with our performance,” said head coach Matt Utesch. “There were some great individual performances and efforts and that’s all you can ask for every time out. I think this gives us some confidence going into the Championships and hopefully we can use the momentum to our advantage.”
At the Invitational, Lehigh faced some stellar competition such as Connecticut, Rutgers, UMBC, fellow Patriot League teams Army and Lafayette, Rhode Island, Delaware and Rider.
Junior Julia Perry took second behind Kendzor in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:13.55. Both Kendzor and Perry qualified for ECACs.
In the same event, senior Alexandra Neville was seventh with a time of 2:19.49 and junior Kathleen Ryan was eighth with a time of 2:19.54.
In the 500-meter dash, junior Elizabeth McManus placed first with a time of 1:16.19, which just missed the school record by 0.09 seconds as Justina Barone holds therecord in the event with a time of 1:16.10. Junior Alyssa Donahue was 10th in the event with a time of 1:22.92.
Lehigh then dominated the one mile run placing four runners in the top 10, highlighted by freshman Savanna Plombon’s first-place finish with a time of 4:58.20. Junior Victoria Berard was fourth (5:10.84), sophomore Katherine Howley was sixth (5:12.24) and sophomore Marissa Galante was eighth (5:15.35).
The Mountain Hawks’ fourth first-place finish of the meet came in the weight throw as junior E’lana Lemon took first with a distance of 17.22m. Sophomore Rebecca Duhamel placed third with a distance of 15.74m.
Senior Katherine Pierce had a great finish in the 3,000-meter run as she placed second with a time of 9:57.85. Senior Megan Hetzel was 10th in the event with a time of 10:28.24.
Lehigh also had success in the 1,000-meter run as the Mountain Hawks took the second, third and fourth places. Junior Lauren Pietrosh placed second with a time of 2:58.10, junior Brittany Pietrosh was third (2:59.34) and freshman Ingrid Simon was fourth (3:02.03).
In the shot put, sophomore Rebecca Duhamel placed fourth with a distance of 12.25m while sophomore Katie Baglio took ninth with a distance of 11.65m.
Freshman Haile Carter placed seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.26 while sophomore Danielle Albergo was close behind in ninth with a time of 59.39.
Freshman Jonelle Jerwick finished eighth in the pole vault with a distance of 3.30m and senior Alexanra Doersam was 10th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.87.
The Mountain Hawks will now be gearing up for the biggest meet of the season – the Patriot League Championships. Hosted by Bucknell, the Championships will take place starting at noon on Friday and end on Sunday. Lehigh will be looking to improve upon its fourth place finish at last year’s Championships. Check back later in the week for a full written and video preview of the Championships.