BETHLEHEM, Pa. – In its final meet of the outdoor season, the Lehigh women’s track and field team will compete at the ECAC Championships Friday through Sunday in Princeton, N.J. The Mountain Hawks will send 19 student-athletes to the meet as they will try to qualify for the NCAA Regionals and earn All-East honors. Lehigh is coming off a third place finish at the Patriot League Outdoor Championships last weekend.
At the Championships, Lehigh took first in a pair of events. The 4x100m relay team of Khaaleedah Smith, Melissa Knapp, Alexandra Doersam and Kristin Slotnick all earned First Team All-Patriot League honors for their first place finish as the team crossed the finish line in 46.98 seconds to set a new Lehigh record. The team surpassed the previous record of 47.64 set in 2011 and their time was just 0.06 seconds off the league Outdoor Championship record time.
The Mountain Hawks’ second First Team All-League performance came from Brooke Astor as she won the decathlon with 4,749 points, crushing the previous Patriot League Outdoor Championships record of 4,525.
Lehigh also had six Second Team All-Patriot League performances. Jessica Kendzor placed second in the 800m run and was also part of the 4x400m relay team along with Danielle Albergo, Smith and Kristin Slotnick that placed second. Katherine Pierce was second in the 10,000m. Doersam also earned Second Team honors after placing second in the long jump. Serenah Polite placed second in the triple jump and E’Lana Lemon was second in the hammer throw.
Astor, Albergo, Doersam, Kendzor, Knapp, Lemon, Pierce, Slotnick and Smith will all compete at the ECACs this weekend along with Jimil Ataman, Natalie Bates, Victoria Berard, Rebecca Duhamel, Elizabeth McManus, Julia Perry, Lauren Pietrosh, Savanna Plombon, Ingrid Simon and Catherine Tobiasen. In addition to individual events, all three relays (4x100, 4x400 and 4x800) will compete this weekend as well.
Pierce’s 10,000m time of 35:05.94 is close to qualifying her for the NCAA Regionals which will take place in Jacksonville, Fla. May 25-26. Lemon and Ataman, whom will both compete in the hammer throw, will look to bump up their marks in order for a shot to qualify as well.
In last year’s ECAC Championships, Lehigh placed 21st with 15 points, which was the highest ECAC finish in the program’s history as the Mountain Hawks earned four All-East performances from Astor, Pierce, the 4x800 relay team of Alex Neville, Perry, Lauren Pietrosh and Kendzor, and Emily Settle.
The ECAC Championships will get underway Friday at 1 p.m. and start up again on Saturday at 9 a.m. and the final day of competition will be Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m.
All-East honors are given to performances that place in the top eight in an event.