Lehigh Finishes First Home Meet With Solid Performances

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Mountain Hawks hosted their first meet of the outdoor season at the Goodman Track and Field Complex on Saturday. Lehigh finished with 13 PRs and two first-place finishes against Army, Binghamton, Bucknell, Ithaca, Lafayette and Monmouth.

Lehigh continued to show improvement on the track, finishing with seven PRs. Leading the way for the Mountain Hawks were junior Tyler French and first-year Jonathan Bennett, who both earned first-place finishes. French won the 1500m with a new personal record of 3:59.55 while Bennett won the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.70. Junior John Siani finished the 110m hurdles with a PR of 18.22.

Senior Harrison Ernst made improvements on the track, finishing both of his races with new personal records. Ernst finished second in the 400m with a time of 50.45 and finished the 200m with a time of 23.33.

Patrez Thomas continued to lower his time in the 400m hurdles, finishing second with a new personal record of 54.28.

The Mountain Hawks’ found success in both the middle-distance and distance events on Saturday. In the 800m, juniors Brandtson Duffie (1:52.11), Kerem Ayhan (1:52.54), and Jacob Martinez (1:52.56) finished second, third and fourth, respectively.

Senior Avery Lederer and junior Riley Willamson both finished with new personal records in the 5000m. Lederer finished the ninth with a time of 15:10.88 while Williamson finished with a time of 15:39.01. First-year Aidan Lynch finished second with a time of 9:45.78 in his steeplechase debut.

Lehigh put up solid marks in the field events on Saturday, tallying seven PRs between the jumps and throws.

On the throws side, first-year Ethan McHugh finished with PRs in both the shot put (10.69m) and hammer throw (33.32m). Fellow first-year joined McHugh with a PR in the shot put (13.85m) while junior Quinn Conlan also earned a new personal record in the hammer (39.09m). In the discus, first-year Liam Lovering finished sixth with a mark of 44.48m.

In the high jump, sophomore Eli Aaronson finished sixth with a PR of 1.86m. First-year Mulenga Malama finished seventh in the triple jump with a personal record of 12.50m while fellow first-year Jordan Layos followed suit, finishing eighth with a mark of 11.79m.

Junior Louis Logsdail continued to earn solid marks in the pole vault, finishing fourth with a mark of 4.25m. Fellow junior Adam Stavash finished 10th with a PR of 4.10m.

The Mountain Hawks will compete in two meets next weekend. While some student-athletes will head to Lewisburg to compete in the Bison Outdoor Classic, others will remain in Bethlehem to compete at Moravian’s Greyhound Invitational.

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