Melko and Reilly named Patriot League Athletes of the Week
BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – After Lehigh attended Sunday’s Bucknell Quad Meet, Connor Melko and Conor Reilly were honored at this week’s Patriot League Awards. Melko was named Patriot League Men’s Track Athlete of the Week, while Reilly was named Patriot League Men’s Rookie of the Week.
In the 5K competition, Melko showed an outstanding performance in the second year and won the event with a time of 14: 27.92 by twelve seconds against the competitors. The IC4A qualifying time of 14: 27.92 is the second best score in the Patriot League this season. Born in Mickleton, NJ, he outdid himself early in the outdoor season by winning the 1500m at the Lafayette Invitational with a time of 3: 59.66 and finishing second at the Lehigh Spring Opener with a time of 3: 52.88 .
“We saw Connor’s commitment every day,” said head coach Matt Utesch. “He’s done great workouts and I don’t think either of us is surprised with the performance on Sunday.”
The newcomer Reilly continued to shine in his rookie campaign on Sunday and took another victory in the pole vault. This time, the Scotch Plains, NY native won by climbing an IC4A qualifying height of 4.90 meters. This was the third weekend in a row that Reilly won the pole vault. The newcomer won the Happy Easter Races (4.70 m) and the Lafayette Invitational (4.65 m).
“Conor was outstanding all year round,” added Utesch. “As a freshman, he leads workouts and influences the upper class. Conor has thrived under the unique circumstances of COVID.”
You can see Melko and Reilly in action at the Lehigh-Lafayette double meeting in Easton on Saturday.