South Jersey products Cole Pschunder, Luke Wiley and Dom Munson finished in an 18-second span to help Rutgers open the 2017 cross country season with a one-point win over Lehigh in the Lehigh Invitational over the weekend in Bethlehem.
The meet was held on Lehigh’s lower Goodman campus, the site of the NCAA Division 1 Championships in 1979, 1983 and 1993.
Pschunder, a sophomore from Eastern Regional, finished second overall in the field of 88 runners in 18:38, Wiley, a senior from Williamstown, ran seventh in 18:51, and Munson, a junior from Timber Creek, placed eighth in 18:54.
Conor Murphy, a graduate of Allentown High — which is almost in South Jersey – was Rutgers’ second runner, placing fifth overall in 18:51.
Rutgers outscored Lehigh 31-32 in the five-team meet. Rutgers went 2-5-7-8-9 for 31 points, and Lehigh went 1-3-6-10-12 for 32 points. So Lehigh was up 20-22 after four runners, but Rutgers’ fifth runner, Patrick Walsh, displaced Lehigh’s fifth runner by three spots to decide the meet.
Lehigh’s Joe Inglis, a Moorestown High graduate, placed 20th overall and was Lehigh’s ninth runner, just four seconds from the Mountain Hawks’ scoring pack.
Rutgers will race at historic Van Cortland Park this coming Saturday in the Fordham Invitational.