Dec. 12, 2011
Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Weekly Release (12.12.11)
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Three schools were in action over the weekend, including Lafayette which opened its season at the Princeton New Year's Invitational.
Holy Cross and Lehigh also competed over the weekend and all three schools produced weekly award winners, including three from the Mountain Hawks who competed at the Fast Times Before Finals at Lehigh Saturday.
Stephen Tutunjian and E'Lana Lemon swept the Field Athlete of the Week awards, while Gregory Caldwell was the Male Rookie of the Week.
Holy Cross, which competed at the Harvard Open, had two weekly award winners with Katelyn Hartnett being named the Female Track Athlete of the Week and Fiorella Johnson being named the Female Rookie of the Week.
Jerome Rudolph led the Leopards with his Male Track Athlete of the Week award, being one of three Lafayette student-athlete to have postseason-qualifying marks Saturday.
Rudolph posted an IC4A time in the 60-meter dash (6.98 seconds) to finish second. He also placed seventh in the long jump (22-4½).
Rachel Pena and Gwen Steckel both met ECAC-qualifying standards for the Leopards in the weight throw. Pena finished second in the event with a toss of 54-10 and Steckel was third (54-4).
Lehigh also had three IC4A/ECAC qualifiers in Patrick Ciez, Tutunjian and Lemon. All three are qualifying for the second week in a row.
Ciez did it in the high jump with an IC4A-qualifying height of 6-8¾ and Tutunjian finished first in two events, qualifying in the triple jump (48-4). He also won the long jump.
Lemon posted her second straight ECAC performance in the weight throw with a toss of 57-11.
Hartnett and Johnson led Holy Cross with New England Championship qualifying performances. Hartnett was first in the 800 (2:16.78) and Johnson was fourth in the 400 (59.26).
Holy Cross will be the only Patriot League team in action until 2012 as the Crusaders will compete at the Boston Mini-Meet every weekend in December.
Several Patriot League teams will continue the first weekend in January with Army at the Crowell Open, American at the Delaware Open and Bucknell hosting the Bucknell Mini-Meet.