Lehigh's Patrick Reilly came up with a big effort in the recent Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, and the sophomore's performance got the notice of Mountain Hawks cross country coach Todd Etters.
"Pat has emerged as the front-runner for our team and in the Patriot League," Etters said. "What he did at the Paul Short simply reaffirmed what our team has been seeing out of him on a daily basis."
The former Dallastown Area standout finished 24th out of 278 runners in the Gold Division race with an 8k time of 24 minutes, 36 seconds. He helped Lehigh finish ninth in a field of 27 teams. As a freshman, Reilly finished 141st in the same race (25:34) and went on to finish 32nd in the league championship and 102nd in the NCAA Regionals.
"Pat's strength as a runner is that he is a fierce competitor," Etters said. "When he lines up to race, you know that he's going to be on top of his game and watching someone race with that kind of desire is a lot of fun."
Read more about Reilly's accomplishments in this week's College Spotlight feature, which also includes updates on these athletes:
--- California (Pa.) runner Kayle White of Kennard-Dale
--- Kutztown soccer players Alaina Curry and Emily Ross of Dallastown, and Brooke May of Dover
--- Lebanon Valley College volleyball players Allie Garrett (Spring Grove), Emily Sides (West York) and Rachel Moltz (Susquehannock)
--- Eastern soccer player Stephanie Le of Dallastown
--- Towson field hockey player Devon Hake of Northern
--- Wilkes soccer players Ian Moyer (Eastern York) and John Stoner (Red Land)