Women’s Track and Field begins its season on Sunday inside Rauch
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh Women’s Track and Field Team starts this unique season on Sunday as the Mountain Hawks face Loyola, Md., On Sunday at 4:45 p.m. at Rauch Fieldhouse. Mitchell Timing will provide live results at the event. 358 days ago Lehigh attended its final event, the 2020 Patriot League Championships, in late February 2020.
The brown-whites already had to change their schedule for this year, as they should open the season in Lewisburg against Bucknell in a double game. There were then talks about a triangular meeting in smoke, but that changed. The dual meeting between Lehigh and Loyola (Md.) Was only concluded on Friday morning.
“I am really proud of our teams. You are involved in everything on campus and did a really good job staying healthy and sticking to the rules. I think it’s a really difficult time asking all of our athletes to go ahead on COVID logs. I couldn’t be more proud of our team, “said head coach Matt Utesch.
This year’s team is keen to get back on track as the women bring back an abundance of talent.
Lehigh ended his season with a good result last year, with 22 athletes breaking their personal PRs in the run-up to the PLC, the Bucknell Tune-Up. Then the Mountain Hawks finished fourth in the PLC with 82.33 points. Lehigh’s ranking last year was the best in three years.
The women return a handful of student athletes with great experience. Starting with the throwers, Utesch will try to lead veterans Brittany Curtin and Teasha McKoy, while newcomer Karina Roze will also try to make noise. Curtin is multiple Patriot League champion, while McKoy took eighth place in the weight litter at PLC a season ago.
“Brittany is a star for us. Teasha took advantage of COVID and has become incredibly strong. I think she’s going to be really good. Karina has the potential to make an immediate difference.” said Utesch.
Trainer Utesch is also looking forward to this year’s jumpers and sprinters.
“We’re bringing back a lot of talent. Madisyn Hawkins is in her senior year, a school record holder, she is a Patriot League scorer, she will be a force to be reckoned with. Long and triple jump are made by senior classes Rachel Sequeira and Avery Roze “Newcomer Nina Cialone joins them. Nina will be a great addition, “added Utesch.” Calista Marzolino returns in the high jump. She finished second in the PLC last year and is jumping better this year. I think she is the favorite to win this year. “
“In the sprints, Morgan McConnell, Madison Hackman and Alexis Smith are the ones who really lead the group. You were phenomenal for us last year. I think newbies Jordyn Hock and Claire Pedrick will do us very well too, two are great additions to our program and they will create a distance. The supporting cast of Camari Griffin and Anna Murphy really make this group stand out, “hammered Utesch.
The only significant change in women will be long distance runners. After completing numerous top runners, Utesch will hope for offspring.
“We have some great young, talented runners. Maddie Zaun and Jamie Zamrin excelled at the cross-country event last weekend. Jade Sessions, Hetty McMillan, Carly Friend and Julia Dorley are really good at their respective events.”
“Our Multis group is led by Maddy Harding. Carly Carpino has evolved and she has looked really good in practice. She is supported by newcomer Rachel Caldwell-Glixon. Glixon seems to have the potential to be special.”
“After all, Brett DeWeese is a great leader for us. She is so versatile to us. She will help us in the long jump and she is our best hurdler.” Last year DeWeese finished second at the PLC in the 60mH.
NOTE: Spectators are not allowed in the Rauch Fieldhouse during the event on Sundays.
Check back on Sunday night to see how the Mountain Hawks did against the Greyhounds.