Mountain Hawks total 16 wins at Lehigh Spring Opener
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – For the first time in nearly two full years, the Lehigh men’s and women’s athletics teams competed at the Goodman Track and Field Complex. On a sunny Sunday afternoon, the Mountain Hawks won a total of 16 events between men and women. The other schools that attended the Lehigh Spring Opener today were Colgate, Lafayette, UMBC, and Wagner.
On the women’s side, the ladies won 10 events throughout the day. Teasha McKoy and Brittany Curtin started the field events and both showed power for the browns and whites. McKoy won the shot put at 12.17 m (39’11.25 “) while Curtin took home the dub in the hammer throw at 51.10 m (167’8”). With a score of 42.14 m Curtin was also second in the discus. Veronica Meyer stayed with the discus and came third with 41.05 m.
In the javelin, Karina Roze secured victory with a throw of 42.07 m, while Brianna Wanbaugh came second with 38.52 m. Kerry Perna recorded her first college outdoor victory in the high jump with 1.60 m (5’3 “). Madisyn Hawkins secured Lehigh another victory in the pole vault, the senior’s 3.35 m (10’11.75 “) did the job.
In the long jump, Maddy Harding was second with a mark of 5.33 m, while Rachel Sequeira was third with 5.20 m. Sequeira took second place in the triple jump on 11.67 m, while newcomer Nina Cialone took third place on 11.13 m.
Jade Sessions, Lauren Powell and Carly Friend each took victories at their respective track events. The first sessions on the 1500m with a time of 4: 46.88, while Powell’s time of 1: 07.53 on the 400mH gave her the nod. On the 800m, Friend’s time of 2: 18.95 was good enough for victory. In the same case, Elyse Barkstrom came second at 2:20:09 p.m. Hetty McMillan was second behind Sessions on 1500 m with 4: 48.81.
In the 100mH, Brett DeWeese scored another victory. The senior won with a time of 15.42 while Ashley Griesmeyer finished second with 15.75. In the 3000 m obstacle course, sophomore Andrea Miller finished second with 11: 34.54. Miller won until the last lap of the race. Alexis Smith was born on November 26th. Second on the 200m.
Lehigh won a total of six events on the men’s side during the day. One of the stars on Sunday was Ian Scott, who scored two individual victories in his second year and took first place in the high jump. Scott’s long jump of 6.62m earned him victory in that event, while he won the triple jump with a record of 14.28m. In the high jump, Scott and Brittann Pierce finished first with markings at 1.95 m. Both men tried the mark at 2.00 m, but could not pass.
Jeffrey Kirshenbaum won the 5000 m run with a time of 15: 07.50. Nick Wilson was second behind Kirshenbaum with 15: 13.62. Michael Nardelli secured another win for the Mountain Hawks in the 110mH. The junior time of 15.53 beat the field, while newcomer Daniel Stipanov finished second with 15.95, just behind Nardelli. In the obstacle race, Nick Norton and Avery Lederer dominated the race. Both men paced back and forth, but a late stumble by Lederer gave Norton the victory. Norton’s time was 9: 34.99 while Lederer finished second in 9: 37.98.
Riley Lariviere made an impressive performance on Sunday when he finished second in the discus throw at 45.29 m and third in the hammer throw on 52.48 m. In the javelin, Anastasios Mouzakis was fourth at 40.10 m, Quinn Conlan was fourth at 37.59 m. Sophomore Connor Melko had a solid outing all day. The distance runner finished second at 1500 m at 3: 52.88 and third at 800 m at 1: 56.48. Jacob Martinez was ahead of Melko on 800 m 1: 56.14.
Samuel Tapera rounded off the afternoon for Brown and White, finishing third on the 100m with a time of 11.31 while Amondo Lemmon finished the day third on the 400m with 50.98.
Next, Lehigh will travel to Easton for the Lafayette Invitational next Saturday.