Track teams win at home

It was a busy week for the track teams, as the men and women found themselves in the midst of three meets in a three day span. On Wednesday, the teams hosted the Carnegie Mellon Invitational, where they defeated local competition. Last Friday, distance runners from the men?s team traveled to Bucknell while others traveled to Robert Morris.
Wednesday?s meet was by far the smallest of the three, with just one other team, Waynesburg College, competing against the Tartan men. The women faced off against
both Waynesburg and the University of Pittsburgh?Johnstown.
The men recorded 13 first- place finishes in dismantling Waynesburg, 121?52. Graduate student Nik Bonaddio, normally a 400-meter runner, surged past UAA 200-meter champion Russel Verbosky to win the 200. First-year Scott Fortune won the 800-meter run to earn his first collegiate victory, beating the field by just over half a second. The closest race was the 3000-meter run, where junior Dana Irrer beat out teammate Mike Bridenbaugh by 1/100th of a second.
The women?s team ran away to victory, posting 129 points to Pitt?Johnstown?s 103 and Waynesburg?s 56. The team dominated the running events, earning six first-place finishes. Juniors Drea Garvue and Jocelyn Sikora set the pace in the distance events, winning the 3000-meter and the 800-meter runs, respectively. Sophomore Amber Fuller and first-year Kelly Mingle led the team to a sprinting sweep by winning the 200-meter and
400-meter dashes.
At the Bison Outdoor Classic on Friday, Irrer won the 1500-meter run, posting a personal record time of 3:56.67. This mark gives Irrer the second fastest time in the UAA this year and is only approximately one second away from NCAA qualifiying standards. Chris Carroll was not far behind, coming in 12th of 55 runners.
In the 5000-meter run, the remaining three Tartan runners had strong showings. Junior Nick End led with a 24th-place finish, while senior Ethan Coffey and Bridenbaugh also ran well, placing in the top half of all finishers.
This hectic schedule has served as a tune-up as the UAA Championships loom. They will travel to
St. Louis for the meet next weekend.

Editor?s note: Drea Garvue is a member of The Tartan?s layout staff.