Lehigh to Travel to New York for First Two-Day Meet of the Season

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Coming off of its ninth-consecutive victory over Lafayette last Saturday at Rauch Fieldhouse, the Lehigh men’s track and field team will travel to the Armory in New York City for the Scarlet Knight Open. The Mountain Hawks will compete in their first two-day meet of the season as the Patriot League Championships on Feb. 25-26 quickly approaches.

Last time out, Lehigh hosted Lafayette in its final home meet of the season, defeating the Leopards 118-60. The Mountain Hawks ended their annual rivalry meet with wins in 14 of the 17 events and nine all-time top ten additions.

In the field events, Lehigh’s throwers and pole vaulters continued to dominate, with six Mountain Hawks adding their names to the all-time top ten list. On the throws side, sophomore Liam Lovering became third all-time in the shot put and fourth all-time in the weight throw. Lovering won the shot put (16.62m) and finished second in the weight throw (17.45m).

In the weight throw, senior Quinn Conlan and junior Achilles Mouzakis both added their names to Lehigh’s top ten list. Conlan’s mark of 16.58m ranked him sixth all-time while Mouzakis’ mark of 16.57m ranked him seventh all-time. Sophomore Alex Clevenger added his name to the top ten list in the shot put, ranking seventh all-time with a mark of 16.16m.

Lehigh’s pole vaulters showed no signs of slowing down as two student-athletes added their own names to the all-time list. Junior Conor Reilly, who won the pole vault with a mark of 4.83m, is now ranked fourth all-time while first-year Carter Bartz is ranked ninth all-time in his second-place finish with a mark of 4.68m.

While the Mountain Hawks dominated in the field against Lafayette, they maintained the energy on the track, winning nine events and adding two more all-time rankings. Senior Connor Melko picked up Lehigh’s first track win on Saturday, winning the mile with an IC4A qualifying time of 4:14.42.

Following Melko’s win in the mile, Lehigh won the next three events on the track, extending its lead over Lafayette. Senior Kerem Ayhan continued to make his final season as a Mountain Hawk count. Ayhan, who broke the 1000m school record at the Villanova Invitational, won the 800m with an IC4A qualifying time of 1:53.50 to become ranked eight all-time.

Lehigh wrapped up its final home meet of the year by claiming first-place finishes in the final three races of the day. Senior Tyler French picked up the Mountain Hawks’ final individual win in the 3000m, winning the race with a time of 8:33.31. Following French’s victory in the 3000m, Lehigh’s 4×400 relay and 4×800 relay took home the final two wins of the day.

Competition will begin at 9:30 am on both Friday and Saturday. Track events will begin at 11 am on Friday and 10:30 am on Saturday. Live results can be found here.

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