Men’s Track and Field opens 2020-21 season on Sunday

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh women’s athletics team will start this unique season on Sunday as the Mountain Hawks Loyola (Md.) Will host the Rauch Fieldhouse on Sunday at 4:45 pm. Mitchell Timing will be providing live results at the event. 358 days ago Lehigh attended his final event, the 2020 Patriot League Championship in late February 2020.

The browns and whites have already had to make changes to their schedule for this year as they were due to open the season in Lewisburg against Bucknell in a double game. There were then talks about a triangular meeting in smoke, but that was changed. The double meeting between Lehigh and Loyola (Md.) Was only concluded on Friday morning.

“I’m really proud of our teams. They are involved in everything across campus and have done a really good job staying healthy and following the rules. I think it’s a really difficult time. The university and our department have done it. ” I’ve asked all of our athletes to lead the way with COVID logs. I couldn’t be more proud of our team. “said head coach Matt Utesch.

The Mountain Hawks have had a season finishing fourth in the Patriot League Championships.

Starting with the throwers, Lehigh will reach out to two seniors to guide them. Outside of the two seniors, a first year thrower with a familiar name will devastate the group and team.

“Senior Riley Lariviere really turned into a superstar body type. He scratched his tail. We also hope to see good things from his older colleague Anastasios Mouzakis. One sleeper in this group is Quinn Conlan. He does a great job Made in training and practicing. “said Utesch.

Who is this first year thrower who could wreak havoc? How about Anastasios’ brother Achilles?

“I think Achilles is a big, strong child. His brother has to be careful. I think he has the potential to be better than him,” laughed Utesch.

“Ian Scott returns in the long jump and will influence the long, triple and high jump. In addition to Scott in the high jump, Vincent Polignano, a young man with tremendous leadership skills, will also do very well with Brittann Pierce.” for us this year, “added Utesch.” You can say that these guys were very young last year. Now they are older, more experienced and hungrier than ever before. “

With the graduation of Joey Kelly, last year’s Patriot League champion in pole vault, the Mountain Hawks will have two new faces trying to impress.

“Joey has some great groundwork for our two boys right now. Louis Logsdail is a really talented student and a great leader. Logsdail is supported by Conor Reilly, and Conor could be the best. He’s really, really talented.”

At one point during last season’s season, Utesch made a unique quote. The quote? “Lehigh finally has sprinters!” That quote still holds true and the coaching team is incredibly excited for this group.

“Well, Zach DeLone and Samuel Tapera are phenomenal. Zach last broke a school record as a freshman. Sam did great things with this group. He was a great leader for us. The supporting cast of Amondo Lemmon and Kerem Ayhan makes it really interesting. We also have some great hurdlers in Evan El-Halawani and Michael Nardelli. These guys are really committed to the program and have great leadership skills. “

One group that has the chance to be special to Lehigh is the distance group.

“Our sprint / middle distance guys in Nick Crociata, Sean Brown and Brandtson Duffie have already made a huge impact on us. They have all shown they have the ability to outdo each other. Kyle Burke is another guy that helps us and does can deliver on the big stage. “

“Michael Mitchell had a great 3 miles on the track last weekend. He didn’t surprise anyone. We all knew he could. We just have to keep our boys healthy. Sophomore Connor Melko will be really good for us. Plus we get Jeffrey Kirshenbaum back for one final season. “

NOTE: No spectators are admitted to the event on Sunday in the Rauch Fieldhouse.

Check back on Sunday night to see how the Mountain Hawks fared against the Greyhounds.

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