LHU track and field finishes action at Penn Relays
By ALEX WAHL
For The EXPRESS
During day two of the 124th Penn Relays at Philadelphia, the Lock Haven University men’s track team wrapped up action in front of over 17,000 fans at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania campus.
The Bald Eagles only participated in the 4×400-meter relay heats sending Justin Warfel, Ryan Cruz, Greg Johnson, and Mitchell Coakley to the track.
The guys ran the race in 3:25, which was 11 seconds out of the NCAA provisional mark (3:14). The time also put Lock Haven in 56th place for the event.
Lock Haven missed first place by seven seconds, which was won by NCAA Division one power Auburn University (3:07).
Coakley ran the 5,000-meter race on Thursday night at the Penn Relays before competing at the 4×400-meter relay on Friday.
“I knew it was going to be hard work competing against top-notch teams today,” said Coakley. “But it was all good helping the team on the second day.”
Warfel, who started the race for the Bald Eagles, had a typical mindset heading into the race.
“The mindset was to get a good start,” said Warfel. “Just to give out all the adrenaline I had and to finish strong after I start.”
Lock Haven head coach Aaron Russell was pleased with his young team’s effort at one of the most prestigious track and field events in the world.
“On paper our time might look disappointing,” said Russell. “But with these guys running without our top guy, they had the best race of the season so far today.”
The Lock Haven University Track and Field team will continue it’s busiest weekend when it comes home to the Hubert Jack Stadium to host the annual LHU High School Classic featuring local schools including Bellefonte, Central Mountain, and Jersey Shore.
The High School Classic will begin with field events at 12:00 p.m. followed by track events at 1:00 p.m.
Lock Haven will conclude it’s busy weekend traveling to Cornell University on Sunday for the Big Red Invite at 10:00 a.m.