Plombon earns second-straight weekly league award
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – For the second week in a row, freshman Savanna Plombon was named the Patriot League female Rookie Runner of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday. The Frederick, Md. native placed 84th of 396 runners with a time of 22:02 leading the Mountain Hawks to a 24th-place finish at the 38th-annual Paul Short Run, their best finish since 2008. Plombon’s time was a personal best, beating her previous top time of 22:05.50.
Plombon competed alongside seven nationally ranked programs including four in the Top 10. She also raced against 12 of the Top 15 regionally ranked schools. Plombon finished first among all Patriot League freshmen and she was less than a minute away from the Patriot League’s top finisher in the race.
At the race, Providence College, which was ranked No. 3 in the nation at the time, took the women’s gold title with 101 points, edging out Villanova, which was ranked No. 5 in the nation, by three points (104). Syracuse, ranked No. 12 nationally, took third (125), No. 1 Georgetown was fourth (141) while No. 16 Virginia was fifth (152).
Prior to the Paul Short Run, Plombon was coming off three-straight Top 10 finishes including a second place at the Lehigh-Lafayette dual meet, eighth place at the Iona Meet of Champions and first place at the Lehigh Invitational.
Lehigh is now ranked No. 10 in the Mid-Atlantic Region, moving up one spot in the polls this week.
In addition, senior Katherine Pierce received an honorable mention for placing 66th with a time of 21:44.
Plombon, Pierce and the rest of the Mountain Hawks return to action on October 14th when they travel to University Park, Pa. for the Penn State National Invite. Pierce was the team’s top finisher last year as she crossed the line in 88th en route to leading Lehigh to a 17th-place finish