Warning, Avery stand out in Lehigh’s track and field season opener

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In their first meet of the winter season, the Lehigh men’s and women’s track and field teams took finishes of first, second and third in various events on their home turf at the Rauch Fieldhouse on Friday.

The biggest victory of the meet for the Mountain Hawks was when senior Lucas Warning broke the school record in men’s shot put with a distance of 17.93 meters. Warning’s mark beat the rest of the field by over a meter.

On the women’s side, standout senior Courtney Avery won the high jump with a height of 1.75 meters. A pair of Lehigh juniors took both first and second in the 400-meter dash, with Hanna Brosky posting a winning time of 1:00.34 and Rachel Okun finishing half of a second later. Freshman Brooke Schaeffer took third in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:21.08. Additionally, junior Amanda Youngblood threw for 50’7.25″ in the weight throw event, earning herself third place.

While Warning was the only one to win an event for the men’s team, others were able to place well in a few areas nonetheless. In the 400-meter dash, senior Christopher Del Rossi finished a close second with with a time of 51.38. In the 800-meter dash, sophomore Clay Stabolepszy finished third with a time of 1:57.67 and in the 200-meter dash, junior Jake Sabatini placed third with a time of 23.13.

With returning competitors such as Warning and Avery, who finished in the top three in the Patriot League Championships last season, placing well throughout the first meet, Lehigh will try to carry the momentum forward as the winter season picks up.

The schools competing were Alvernia, East Stroudsburg, Eastern University, Gwynedd Mercy, Moravian, Muhlenberg, Penn, Rowan, Temple and West Chester.

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