Track ‘tunes up’ at Kent

The CMU men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Kent State University last Saturday, to attend the Kent State Tune-Up. This meet had an open format, where none of the performances were scored. It was held primarily to prepare athletes for upcoming division championships. More specifically for the Tartans, Kent prepared both the men and women for the UAA Championships at the University of Chicago on March 2.
Coming off a very impressive performance at the Oberlin Invitational (with a first-place finish for the men and third for the women), the Tartans were determined to continue their success in preparation for the UAA Championships. The Tartans were able to place highly in a number of running events, with first-place heat finishes in the 600-meter race leading the way. Junior Mark Davis and sophomore Scott Fortune completed the 600-meter with impressive times of 1:24.46 and 1:25.91 to place sixth and seventh overall, respectively, in the men’s division.
Sophomore Ashley Bakelmun pulled off her own first-place heat finish to rank second overall with a stunning performance of 1:43.00 in the 600-meter women’s event. The women also racked up another first-place heat coming from an 18:58.38 performance by KJ Helmstetter in the 5000-meter run, placing 17th overall. The men added to their first-place finishes with a second-place heat time of 36.85 from junior Russel Verbofsky, placing fifth overall in the 300-meter dash. Complementing these performances, the Tartans secured third place in five running heats: sophomore Shauna Ormon (44.84) and freshman Carlton Reeves (50.86) in the 300-meter dash, junior Davey Quinn (2:31.36) in the 1000-meter run, and the 4x400 relay teams with a time of 3:21.15 for the men and 4:19.08 for the women.
With impressive finishes for Carnegie Mellon on the track, the Tartans also fared well in the field events. Junior Eric Tang earned a second-place finish in the men’s long jump with a 6.34-meter jump. Tang also placed 11th in the triple jump with first-year Colin Marks finishing eighth with a jump of 12.86 meters. First-year Jessica Meng of the women’s team garnered an impressive fourth overall performance in triple jump with a 10.74-meter finish.
Men’s throwers Tom Matta and Michael Reggie finished in the top 20 in the weight throwing events, with Matta’s score of 16.24 meters coming in ninth overall and Reggie’s 13.85 meters coming in 20th. Matta also secured 28th overall in his 13.41-meter performance in the shot put. Adriane Soehner and Becky Metler also performed well in the women’s throwing events, with Soehner coming in 39th and 37th overall, respectively, in the shot put (9.31m) and weight throw (10.84m) events. Metler placed 24th overall in shot put (10.84m) and 27th in weight throw (12.16m).
“We definitely have had some
very good performances,” remarked head coach Dario Donatelli after the meet. “I would say we would have a chance to win the UAA championship. It would depend on everyone on the team to do a little bit better than they are doing now, but we are all doing as well as we are in the past year where we came up second. We definitely have a chance to win it.”
With solid performances from both the women’s and men’s teams at the Kent State Tune-Up, the Tartans are looking forward to competing in the UAA Championships at Chicago in two weeks and should look to place highly overall.