Mountain Hawks Find Success During Two-Meet Weekend
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh men’s track and field team continued to show improvement as the team wraps up the regular season and prepares for the upcoming outdoor Patriot League Championships on May 6-7. The Mountain Hawks competed at the Virginia Challenge and Coach P Invitational where they finished with five first-place finishes and 20 PRs.
Leading the way for Lehigh was senior Kyle Burke who broke his own school record in the 800m on Saturday at the Virginia Challenge. Burke finished first in the 800m, competing against student-athletes from Duke, Navy, Penn State, Princeton and Virginia.
Burke was not the only Mountain Hawk to have success at the Virginia Challenge. Junior Kerem Ayhan finished the weekend with two new personal records as well. Ayhan finished the 400m with a time of 49.26 and the 800m with a time of 1:52.09.
The Mountain Hawks continued to show improvement on the track at the Coach P Invitational in Bethlehem on Saturday, finishing with three first-place finishes and five PRs.
Junior Joseph Cranley won the 1500m with a new PR of 4:04.10. First-year Kevin Harvey followed close behind, finishing fourth with a PR of 4:05.59. Graduate student Bradford DeMassa grabbed a first-place finish and PR in the 5000m on Saturday. DeMassa finished with a time of 15:28.25 while junior Ethan Davis finished second with a time of 15:33.46.
Lehigh’s sprinters continued to put up solid times on the track. Junior Douglas Cooke had a successful day at Moravian’s meet, finishing second in the 400m with a PR of 49.83 and third in the 200m with a time of 22.85. Senior Harrison Ernst ran alongside Cooke in the 200m where he finished fourth with a new personal record of 22.87. Junior Amondo Lemmon also competed in the 400m with Cooke, finishing third with a time of 49.88.
First-year Gideon Coprivnicar continued his streak of earning new personal records as he finished third in the 110m hurdles with a PR of 15.96. Sophomore Daniel Stipanov won the race with a time of 15.31.
The Mountain Hawks’ throwers had a successful day at the Coach P Invitational, finishing with ten PRs. First-year Liam Lovering led the group with two PRs and a first-place finish. Lovering won the discus with a personal record of 45.53m and came in third in the shot put with a mark of 14.79m. Sophomores Alex Clevenger and Sam Weber joined Lovering in earning PRs in the discus and shot put. Clevenger finished sixth in the discus with a personal record of 40.13m while Weber finished fourth in the shot put with a personal record of 14.29m.
All three of Lehigh’s first-year javelin throwers finished Saturday with personal records of their own. Leading the way was Hunter Rodarmel who finished fourth with a mark of 55.19m. Greg Stagliano finished sixth with a mark of 51.46m while Liam Campiglia finished eighth with a mark of 49.37m.
In the hammer throw, sophomore Achilles Mouzakis continued to finish with solid marks. Mouzakis finished second with a throw of 51.24m. Junior Quinn Conlan and first-years Ethan McHugh and Rodarmel each finished with personal records of their own in the hammer throw. Conlan finished with a throw of 41.67 while McHugh and Rodarmel finished with respective marks of 36.62m and 35.51m.
In the jumps, first-year Mulenga Malama earned two second-place finishes. Malama finished second in both the long jump (6.32m) and triple jump (12.90m). Fellow first-year Jordan Layos earned a new PR in the triple jump on Saturday, finishing with a mark of 12.36m.
Lehigh’s high jumpers also had solid performances at Moravian’s meet on Saturday. First-year Skyler Mott finished second with a mark of 1.90m. Sophomore Eli Aaronson (1.85m) followed suit, finishing third while senior Vincent Polignano (1.85m) and Brittann Pierce (1.85m) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
Two Mountain Hawks wrapped up the day with PRs in the pole vault. First-year Jack Murphy tied for second finishing with a personal record of 4.05m while Coprivincar finished fourth with a mark of 4.05m.
The Mountain Hawks will wrap up the regular season with another two-meet weekend next weekend. While some members of the Lehigh men’s track and field team will head to Philadelphia, Pa. for the Penn Relays, others will remain in Bethlehem for the Carol & John Covert Classic at Goodman Track and Field Complex.