Track teams place first, second at W&J Invite

Despite hosting a meet Wednesday this week, the men?s and women?s track teams didn?t hold anything back Saturday. The Tartans performed at an exceptional level this past weekend, where the Men took first and the women placed second at the Washington and Jefferson College Invitational. This showing proved to be the best of the young 2005 season so far.
In their ascent to second place, the women?s track team amassed a score of
131 total points. In the field events for the meet, senior Karoline Evans took first place with a throw of
34.82 meters in the discus. Additionally, Evans placed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 10.89 meters. Closing out the field events was sophomore Becky Metler, who threw
11.94 meters to place second in the shot put.
The relay teams for the women had a strong showing, with both the 4x400 and the 4x100-meter teams adding to the overall scoring. The 4x400 relay team crossed the line with a time of 4:14.02 for first. The 4x100 relay team came in at 51.86, bringing them a second-place finish. Sophomore Amber Fuller took third place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 63.70.
The women?s track team saw considerable success in the mid to long distance events. First-year Ashley Bakelum finished second in the 800-meter with a time of 2:26.72. In the
1500-meter, junior Jocelyn Sikora finished in 4:43.11, which was good enough for second place. The depth and skill of the women?s distance corps was best demonstrated in the 3000-meter steeplechase event. Juniors K.J. Helmstetter, Carrie Mallozzi, and Kelly Cronin finished in second, third and fourth place respectively and earned
21 points for the team. In the end, the second-place finish was the Tartans? best performance of the outdoor season to date.
On the other side, the men ended the meet with seven first-place finishes and 10 top three finishes to lead them to victory. Two of the first place finishes came from the powerful Tartan relay teams. The 4x100 relay came in with a time of 43.76 and the 4x400 B relay team finished in 3:29.17, beating the heavily favored A team in a bout of intra-team competition.
The distance runners continued the success that has been building over the course of the season. Junior Dana Irrer,
placed first in the 1500 run with a time of 4:00.24. In the 5000 meters, Nick End finished in first place with a time of 15:59.77.
In the sprint events, the Tartans had three performances that scored points contributing to their win, despite the fact that UAA indoor 200-meter champion Russel Verbofsky ran the 400 rather than his normal event. Senior Nik Bonaddio took first in the 400-meter event with a time of 48.67. Verbofsky crossed the line shortly after to take second with a time of 50.77. Sophomore Eric Tang placed third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.52. Tang also contributed in the field with a long jump distance of 6.40 meters. His performance secured a second place finish, giving him 15 points to contribute to the team.
The hurdle events proved to be the team?s strength. Sweeping the 110-meter hurdles were Sophomores Nick Bannister (16.14) and Tom Kuczynski (16.50) who placed first and second with senior teammate Matt Dalka (16.93) coming in third place. Dalka recorded an additional third place finish in the
400 hurdles with a time of 57.74. Tartans freshman Kiley Williams recorded a first place finish in this event with a time of 56.50.
The Tartans men and women?s track teams look to continue their success Wednesday as they host Waynesburg.