Men’s XC registers nine of the top 10 runners in impressive showing against Loyola (Md.).
BETHLEHEM, PA. – The Lehigh men’s cross-country team could have wished for a better start to the season. The Mountain Hawks had the top four riders and nine of the top ten runners tonight when they beat the greyhounds at 16:47. The highlight of the evening for the men was Senior Michael Mitchell. Mitchell’s outstanding 5K time of 14:36 earned him an individual victory.
After the men saw the women’s team set up a clinic right in front of them, the men were eager to follow suit and start their season. With only 13 runners participating, the Mountain Hawks started exactly where the women left off. The 25-lap race started jam-packed between the two teams, but some five student athletes quickly broke away from a group of runners to set the pace.
Mitchell, Connor Melko, Nick Norton and Brad DeMassa were the top four of the entire race. Loyolas Nath Gallaway was the fifth runner just behind Lehigh’s top 4. Mitchell, Melko and Norton exchanged leads in the first half of the race, but then Mitchell let go. With nine laps remaining, Mitchell outperformed the field, putting a great cushion between himself and his teammates and competitors. The senior won the race easily with a time of 14:36.
The second Melko finished second with a time of 14:47 while Norton was third for the Mountain Hawks with a time of 14:56. DeMassa’s time of 3:10 pm was good enough for fourth place. Nick Wilson finished sixth for Lehigh with a time of 15:31 and Avery Lederer finished seventh with a time of 15:32.
James Keaney (eighth) at 3:35 p.m., Tyler French with a time of 3:50 p.m., and Riley Williamson at 3:59 p.m. rounded out the top 10 for Lehigh.
Freshman Will Tikob was the tenth Lehigh runner and 12th overall with a time of 16:05, while Thomas Leitner was 13th with a time of 16:05. Teammates Griffin Pumila and Jake Martinez ended the night with times of 16:18.
Next, Lehigh will face rival Lafayette in Easton next Saturday.