Seniors lead Lehigh women at ECAC Championships
BOSTON – The seniors on Lehigh’s women’s track and field team finished the indoor season on a high note with strong performances at the ECAC Championships this weekend in Boston University’s Track Center. Eleven athletes represented the Mountain Hawks, who finished 32ndout of the 53 schools at the competition.
The all-senior 4x800 meter relay team of Brittany Pietrosh, Lauren Pietrosh, Kathleen Ryan and Julia Perry broke a school record with a time of 8:58.86 in prelims Saturday. Junior Jessica Kendzor replaced Ryan on Sunday, anchoring the relay team to a fifth place finish in the event. Kendzor earned All-East honors in the 800 meter run, winning her prelim heat in 2:11.69 and taking seventh place in Sunday’s final with a time of 2:12.47.
In the weight throw Saturday senior E’Lana Lemon and junior Jimil Ataman finished fifth and 11th respectively. In a field of 30 competitors, Lemon threw a distance of 18.44 meters while Ataman posted a heave of 16.37 meters. Lemon, the Patriot League Champion in the event, earned All-East honors for the first time in her career.
A Distance Medley Relay team of sophomore Jennifer Markham, sophomore Halie Carter, Ryan and senior Victoria Berard cracked the top ten, running an eighth best time of 11:58.15, while junior Brooke Astor represented the Mountain Hawks in the 60 meter hurdles.
The Mountain Hawks’ outdoor season kicks off March 23 when they travel to Philadelphia, Pa. for the Big 5 Invite.