Lehigh’s Conor Melko from Eustace takes 2nd in first lifetime indoor 5,000

In his first race in 13 months, Bishop Eustace graduate and Lehigh sophomore Conor Melko ran 14:47 to place second in an indoor 5,000 at Lehigh’s Rauch Fieldhouse in Bethlehem.

This was technically a Lehigh cross country dual meet against Loyola of Baltimore. Lehigh won 16-47.

Melko and senior Michael Mitchell took turns leading the field before Mitchell took lead the lead with nine laps to go in the 25-lap race and won in 14:36.

Times in 100ths were not available listed in the results.

Melko, a Mickleton native, had never run an indoor 5,000 before. In his only previous track 5,000, he ran 14:47.53, placing 9th at the 2019 New Balance National Championships outdoors at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C.

Melko ran 1:56.47, 4:16.20 and 9:06.52 at Eustace. He was state Parochial B XC champ in the fall of 2018.

This was his first race since he ran a 1,000 in 2:35.27 in a dual meet against Lafayette on the same track in January of 2020. 

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