Track and Field Posts Strong Showing at Lehigh Games
April 26, 2008
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Lafayette track and field team competed in the Lehigh Games in Bethlehem, Pa. as one final tune up before the Patriot League Championships on May 2-3 in Annapolis, Md. Three Leopards took individual victories while facing competition from nine regional competitors.
The men's team swept the top three spots in the 800-meter run. Sophomore Rob Blum led the pack with a time of 1:54.34 to finish first. Aaron Buchman clocked a time of 1:55.81 for second place and Matthew DeBlander set a personal record for the third-place spot (1:56.45). Senior Pete Reynolds ran for the first time since a midseason injury to finish 18th.
In the throws, junior Vicky Melroy improved her ECAC qualifying standard in the hammer throw with a new personal-best distance of 164' 9" to clinch first place. Elizabeth Graybill took seventh place with a throw of 136' 3". Melroy also finished first among the Leopards in the shot put where she came in third with a throw of 39' 5¾". Senior Andrea Cerbie finished right behind Melroy in fourth place (37' 10½").
Two days after winning the championship division in the hammer at the Penn Relays, senior Ashley Harbin took the third-place spot in the discus (132' 8"). Graybill and freshman Kelsey Slater set new personal records to finish fourth (129' 11") and seventh (122' 9"), respectively.
Freshmen Margaret Bruno-Metzger and Ryan Stasiowski finished as the runners-up in the women's 800 meters and the men's 1,500 meters. Cassandra Bradley and Stephanie Westerman also represented the Leopards in the 800 meters.
Lafayette will travel to Annapolis, Md. for the Patriot League Championships, hosted by Navy, on May 2-3.