Lehigh’s men’s and women’s cross country teams defeat Lafayette

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This past Saturday at Goodman campus, both the men and women’s cross country teams gained victories over Lafayette College with a score of 18 points to 45 points for the women’s team and a score of 15 points to 48 points for the men’s team.

This was the 10th straight victory for the women’s team over the Leopards.  Junior Elizabeth Weiler led the way, finishing the race in 21:34, which also gave her a second individual collegiate cross country title. Senior Ingrid Simon followed only seconds behind to finish in second with a time of 21:57.

Sophomore Ashley Strysko (22:31), and first-years Sarah Spring (22:35), Laura Barnes (23:01), Samantha Lerner (23:20), Jennifer Burke (24:13), and Senior Shannon Wright (22:38), all had personal best times at the first race of the season.

Out of the top 15 spots in the 6k race, the Lehigh women’s team secured all but third and 15th. The third spot went to Lafayette junior Stephanie Benko, coming in very close behind Simon,with a time of 22:01, and the 15th spot went to Lafayette first-year Katharine Millar with a time of 23:25.

“We really kept our momentum going from last race,” Weiler said. “We had at least five girls get their personal records. It’s always nice to come out of the rivalry with a win. Our performance from today will give us the confidence going in to the next race.”

The Lehigh men’s team won their 16th straight victory over the rival Leopards. Senior Ryan Mahalsky finished first for the Mountain Hawks with a time of 25:12 for the 8k course.  First-year John Tolbert came closest to the senior’s time to finish second at 25:20.

Junior Daniel Reilly (25:33) and sophomores Ryan Cooney (25:45),  Jack Curran (25:52), and Kyle Leonard (25:54) all set personal best records for their first Patriot League race of the season.

Out of the top 15 male runners at the Lehigh- Lafayette meet, Lehigh snagged all but two spots. Lafayette junior Thomas Day took sixth place with a time of 25:31, only 4 seconds behind Lehigh’s fourth place finisher, junior Sean Burke. Lafayette senior Andrew Warshauer took ninth place with a time of 25:35, only a single second behind the eighth place finisher for the Mountain Hawks, sophomore Alex Fitzgerald.

“The guy’s team ran really well as a pack and made some strong moves during the latter miles to pass some Lafayette runners and assure a 1-5 finish,” Sean Burke said. “I am very happy with the team effort as a whole, (and) feeling confident going into bigger meets.”

Both the men and women’s teams will continue their seasons at the Main Line Invite in Haverford, Pennsylvania on Sept. 25.

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