Mid-Atlantic Qualifiers are next for Mountain Hawks
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – After a fourth-place finish at the Patriot League Championships, the Lehigh women’s cross country team will compete at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Qualifiers on the campus of Penn State University on Friday, November 9. The Mountain Hawks will be looking to ride the momentum from their best finish at the Patriot League Championships since notching third place in 2008 race.
Senior Julia Perry finished fourth at the Patriot League Championships, running the Harry H. Lang course in Hamilton, N.Y. in 22:41.4 to become Lehigh’s top performer for the third time this season. Sophomore Ingrid Simon was Lehigh’s next athlete to cross the line, finishing 11th with a time of 23:22.0. Junior Jessica Kendzor was a 14th-place finisher at the event, crossing in 23:35.3. Perry earned first team All-Patriot League honors, while Simon and Kendzor each received second team All-Patriot League honors for their performances. The three All-Patriot League team recipients were the most by a Lehigh team since the 1993 squad also had three All-Patriot League performers. The only time a Lehigh team had more athletes on the All-Patriot League team was in 1992 when four from the only women’s championship team were named.
Lehigh is hoping to ride the recent surge of success into this Friday’s Mid-Atlantic Qualifiers race and earn a trip to Louisville, Ky. Last year’s squad finished 17th out of 29 competing teams at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Qualifiers with 457 points. The top returning runner from that race is Kendzor who finished 69th with a time of 23:49.0 in Princess Anne, Md. Kendzor will be looking to ride her strong performance at the Patriot League Championships and improve on the 69th-place finish in last year’s qualifiers for a chance to compete at the NCAA Championships. Along with Kendzor, Perry will also be searching to continue her impressive 2012 campaign with a strong showing at the Mid-Atlantic Qualifiers.
All of Friday’s action is set to begin at 12 p.m. on the campus of Penn State University in University Park, Pa. The top two finishing teams will automatically advance to the NCAA Championships in Louisville, while the remaining teams will seek "at-large" bids based on current season performances.