After impressive performances by the College's indoor track and field team in both the Mercer County Duals and Thompson Invitational, it was only appropriate for the Lions to continue their dominance going into the New Jersey Athletic Association (NJAC) Championships this past weekend.
With numerous personal records at the Thompson Invitational, it seems that the College's indoor track and field team is turning up the heat for their post-season push.
Saturday's Thompson Invitational included various teams from the tri-state area from all three divisions.
There may not have been a trophy emblazoned with "Best Mercer County College" at stake, but the unofficial title was enough to churn up the rivalry between the College's indoor track and field team and their cross-town rival, Rider University, at the Mercer County Duals this weekend.
At the Haverford College Invitational on Sunday, the College's men's and women's indoor track and field teams soundly beat Haverford on its own turf.
While it seemed that the Lions had a flawless win, head coach Eric Mobley said the day "there is a perfect track meet is the day I'm not coaching any more.
Due to the overwhelming snowfall over the weekend, the College's men's and women's indoor track and field teams were unable to build on the solid performance they showed at the New York University (NYU) Invitational on Jan. 14.
The teams were looking forward to competing in the Princeton University Relays last Saturday but will now have to wait until next weekend for the Haverford College Invitational, which will be the teams' last chance to prepare before their dual meet against neighboring rival Rider University on Feb.
Indoor track and field head coach Eric Mobley quelled any doubts about his ability to continue the historic success of the College's track program in his head-coaching debut this weekend.
The Lions walked away from their first meet of the year, Princeton's New Year's Invitational, with three new school records and five NCAA Division III provisional times.
The minute Eric Mobley accepted the head coaching position of the men's and women's track and field programs, he also accepted the burdens of reputation, tradition and past successes that come with the College's track and field teams.
Seven straight women's indoor track New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championships, 21 women's outdoor Championships in 22 chances, and seven straight men's outdoor Championships - walking into these expectations could make even the most experienced coach get pre-race jitters.
Nationals did not go as planned for the College's cross country teams. The men's team finished in 18th place, while women's team representative, junior Jenna Fasulo, came in 86th at the event held on Nov. 20 at Whitetail Golf Course and hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The weekend ended with both happiness and disappointment for the College's cross country teams, as the men's team earned a spot in the NCAA Division III championships, while the women's team failed to qualify.
Held Saturday at St. Lawrence University, the NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional Championships ended with a first-place finish for the men's team.
This past Saturday, the Lions cross-country teams traveled to the Lafayette College Invitational to participate in a primarily Division I meet. They competed against Columbia University, Princeton University and St. Joseph�s University.
�We are getting faster and faster each week and I anticipate many outstanding individual performances this weekend,� head coach Tim Collins said before the race.
On Tuesday night, the women's cross country team improved its scores since the Paul Short Invitational when it competed in an unscored six-kilometer race at the Haverford College Invitational Meet. Villanova University, Swarthmore College, Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College and Elizabethtown College also competed in the race.
The women's cross-country team, currently ranked 15th in Division III, came in first place at the 31st annual Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University on Sunday. The men's team, currently ranked 10th in Division III, took third place.
Over 75 collegiate teams from Divisions I, II and III competed in seven races.