Individual track performances help College shine at Lehigh

The men’s outdoor track and field team took second in a field of four teams at the Lehigh University Invitational while the women’s outdoor track and field team took fourth place.

The invitational consisted of three Division I teams and the Division III Lions, who were able to win crucial events and break school records while competing at Lehigh.

“The meet was team-scored but that wasn’t our concern,” head coach Steve Dolan said. “The women’s team could have done better if I had made different entries but I don’t think that team-scoring is what you go for.”

Men’s outdoor

track and field

The men’s outdoor track and field team bested Lehigh University (178.5) and Rider University (166.5) with a score of 182. Monmouth University won the invitational with a score of 193.

Junior Joe Lacovara-Switzer won the men’s steeplechase (9:22.14) with an National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) provisional qualifying time.

The steeplechase is a 3,000-meter event that also involves five wooden barriers that competitor’s hurdle, one of which has a 10-to-12 foot water pit.

“I was pleased with my time and there really wasn’t that much competition, but with the lack of competition I felt that my time and race was good,” Lacovara-Switzer said. “I know we were missing some key people, but overall the team did a very good job, I think, and if those people were there we could have won the meet.”

Sophomore Matt Molski won the 800-meter (1:54.83) and freshman Stephen Andrews won the 100-meter dash in 10.94.

The Lions inched for a win in the 4×100 relay with a provisional qualifying time of 3:16.4 behind sophomore Jesse Mesina, freshman Mike Stomiany, junior Kevin Semanick and sophomore Tim Wilson.

In the men’s field events, sophomore Brian Wanner won second place in the pole vault jumping 14 feet, six inches. Freshman Jeff Schwerdtman took third in the shot put with a throw of 49 feet, five inches.

“As far as individually, a lot of people had their best of the season,” Dolan said.

Women’s outdoor

track and field

The Lions placed fourth with a team score of 146, which placed them behind Monmouth University (212), Rider University (173) and Lehigh University (156).

The Lions won the 4×100 relay with a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 47.63, which also broke a school record.

The winning relay included senior Irene Leidenfrost, freshman Brittny Boyd, sophomore Johane Clermont and freshman Tiffany Clark.

“We haven’t ran that (4 x100) in a long time,” Boyd said. “Considering we haven’t done it in a while, we ran it really well.”

“That day a lot of people on the women’s and the men’s side had personal bests so it wasn’t about winning the meet but getting those personal bests,” Boyd added. “Everyone gave a lot of heart that day.”

Clark also won the 400-meter dash (56.05), while Lindsay Scarborough won the steeplechase (11:24.80), both Lions finishing their events in NCAA provisional qualifying times.

In the women’s field events, freshman Lauren Detrick won second place in the pole vault with a jump of 9 feet.

Freshman Christine Solomon was able to throw the discus 121 feet, five inches for a third place at the meet.

Upcoming Meets

The men’s and women’s outdoor track and field will attend the Penn Relays on April 24-26.

They will host the Lions’ Invitational on April 26.

“With two good meets this week, I didn’t want to over extend anyone,” Dolan said. “I think, overall I’m happy with our performance and I’m optimistic for our team’s potential for the rest of the season.”