Feb. 21, 2014
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships had a familiar opening as Lehigh's Brooke Astor won the women's pentathlon for the third year in a row to open the three-day event on Friday at Bucknell's Gerhard Fieldhouse.
Astor won the event with 3,550 points, the highest total in the three-year title run for the Field Athlete of the Meet at last year's Indoor Championships. Astor is the second three-time winner of the pentathlon, joining Lehigh's Justina Barone (2001-03). Astor won the 60-meter hurdles, high jump and long jump to easily outpace Holy Cross' Sarah Dahlstrom (3295) for the title.
Lehigh had four finishers in the top eight to finish the day in first place in the women's standings with 20 points. Holy Cross and Boston University follow with eight points apiece, while Navy scored three.
Lehigh is also in good position to come out in top in the first men's event as Ryan Paquin leads the heptathlon with four of seven events complete. Paquin won two events (60-meter dash, long jump) and placed second in two others (shot put, high jump) to score 2,889 points and hold a solid lead over Army's Christopher Kittle (2,732) and Lafayette's Chris Costello (2,681).
The heptathlon concludes on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000-meter run. There will also be titles handed out on Saturday in men and women's weight throw, long jump and high jump in the field as well as the men and women's 5,000-meter run and 4 X 800m relay on the track. The day's schedule also features prelims in the 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles.
Fans can follow Live Stats throughout the weekend, with more information available at Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships Central