Track and field performances on the upswing

The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s track and field teams persevered in the face of inclement weather conditions to take home second and third places at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational on Saturday.

“Our race was freezing and windy,” remarked junior runner Geoff Misek.

“It was snowing,” added senior Jocelyn Sikora.

The men finished second overall with 131 points, falling behind Allegheny College’s 236.5 points. The women finished third overall with a total of 117 points, again trailing Allegheny College (197.5 points) and Washington & Jefferson University (143 points).

The Tartan men collected over 20 top-five finishes during the meet, with senior Jeff Polack winning the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 58.04, junior Nick Bannister winning the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.58 and junior Davey Quinn winning the 800-meter race with a meet record time of 1:56.63.

Coming in second for Carnegie Mellon were junior Russel Verbofsky in the 400-meter race with a time of 51.13, first-year Colin Marks in the triple jump with a jump of 13.05 meters, and first-year Ryan Anderson with a 10:00.41 finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Sophomore Jason Jura finished right behind Anderson with a time of 10:08.12, placing third.

Junior Keith Torluemke placed third in the 800-meter race with a time of 1:57.60, and junior Edwin Uber took third in the pole vault with a vault of 3.50 meters. The men’s 4x400-meter relay team also finished third with a time of 3:29.37.

The Tartans dominated the 1500-meter run as Misek finished third with a time of 4:06.71, first-year Brian Harvey came in fourth with a time of 4:07.48, and sophomore Drew Miller finished fifth with a time of 4:07:54.

“A kid from Frostburg [State University in Maryland] took the race out in 30 [seconds] for the first 200 [meters], which is blazing,” said Misek. “In the meantime me, Harvey, Dana Irrer, Miller, and another Allegheny kid were all in it together through about 1000 [meters] until [Irrer] slowed down because his
Achilles was bothering him.... I ended up out-kicking [Miller] and [Harvey] in the last 100 [meters].”
In the long jump, Marks took fourth with a jump of 6.06 meters, and fellow first-year Joel Palko took fifth with a jump of 5.96 meters. Palko also secured a fourth-place finish in the triple jump with a jump of 12.36 meters.

For the women, Sikora won the 800-meter race with a time of 2:23.82. “I stuck with the pack the first lap and went with the girl in front on the second,” said Sikora. “I was going to take her with 200 [meters] to go, but then decided to wait until the home stretch.” Sophomore Ashley Bakelmun crossed the line close behind Sikora with a time of 2:26.93, finishing third.

In her first race of the season, senior Drea Garvue came off the injured list to win the 5000-meter race with a time of 18:56.42. “Drea ran a good race after being injured much of the indoor season,” commented Sikora. Junior K.J. Helmstetter (19:46.00) and sophomore Carrie Kmetzo (20:07.52) finished behind Garvue in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

In the 3000-meter steeplechase, seniors Carrie Mallozzi and Kim Kicielinski finished third and fifth, respectively, with times of 12:35.66 and 13:09.89. Junior Amber Fuller took home second in the 400-meter race with a time of 1:02:30. Fuller later finished fourth in the 200-meter race with a time of 28:04.

The women’s 4x400-meter relay team came in second with a time of 4:15.91, and the women’s 4x100-meter relay team took fourth with a time of 54.30.

In the field events, junior Becky Metler came in second in the shot put with a throw of 11.05 meters. Metler added a fifth-place finish in the discus with a throw of 29.20 meters. First-year Jessica Meng collected fifth-place finishes in both the long jump (10.13 meters) and triple jump (4.58 meters). Sophomore Allison Hannan came in fifth in the pole vault with a height of 2.43 meters. Sophomore thrower Adriane Soehner came in fourth in the discus with a throw of 29.89 meters.

“We are improving, but we definitely have a little bit more to go,” commented head coach Dario Donatelli after the meet. “I believe that after the next few events we will be getting to where we hope to be for the conference championships.”