One year after high-jumper Courtney Avery made big news by qualifying for the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., Lehigh’s track program doubled its representation out West.
Coming off a season that saw her earn Second Team All-American honors, Avery again punched her ticket to collegiate track’s marquee event by clearing the bar at 1.82 meters during the East Regional Championship meet in Lexington, Ky. She replicated that same jump at nationals to finish sixth—and become the first female athlete in Lehigh history to earn First Team All-America honors.
Joining Avery in Eugene was senior shot-putter Lucas Warning, who earned his spot with an outstanding throw of 18.82 meters in Lexington.
The throw was the second-best in the history of Lehigh track and field at the time, but Warning topped himself at nationals with a school-record throw of 18.94 meters. He earned 10th place and Second Team All-America honors.