Compete in Championships
The men and women’s cross country teams finished 15th and 19th respectively at the NCAA Division I Mid-Atlantic Regional Cross Country Championships in Bethlehem, Pa this past weekend. The field included Regional Champion Villanova, as well as other powers such as Georgetown and Princeton.
Junior Khari Bowen led the men, placing 25th in the region with a time of 30:45 for the 10,000 meter course. Bowen’s time is a record for the 10k race at Lehigh University.
Junior Alex Leight, sophomore Domenick D’Agostino, and senior Pat Ryan all finished close together in the 32nd minute. Rounding out the men’s top five with a time of 33:06 was freshman Kevin Summonte. The finish time for Summonte marks an MU freshman best at Lehigh, breaking the previous 1995 record.
The men’s top five averaged 32:10, over a minute faster than last year’s average.
On the women’s side, senior Amanda Eller was the first Hawk to finish clocking in at 21:17 for the 6,000 meter course. Eller finished 41st overall in the meet. Senior Lucia Montefusco, freshman Lennon Cooper, and freshman Kristen Rodgers-Erickson all finished close together in the 22nd minute. Sophomore Nina Poccia rounded out the women’s top five at exactly 23 minutes. The women’s top five averaged at 22:28, about a minute faster than last year’s time as well.
The meet was won by Villanova University as they posted 34 points for the men’s race and 31 points for the women’s race.
The Hawks’ 15th place finish for the men sets a new best finish for the the blue and white at Lehigh.
“We have one more championship meet coming up this week, and it will be a great opportunity for us to show what a strong team we have this year,” head coach Joe Compagni said.
Both squads will look to bounce back at their final race of the season on Saturday, Nov. 23.