Tartan men take second at track and field championship

The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at their University Athletic Association championship last weekend at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Tartans competed at the championship against Washington University, the University of Chicago, New York University, Brandeis University, Emory University, and host Case. Carnegie Mellon’s men’s team finished in the medals, coming in second place overall, and the women’s team finished in sixth place.

Placing second with 166.5 points, Carnegie Mellon’s men’s track and field team dominated the majority of its conference, falling only to Washington University, which racked up 217 points.

Junior Eric Tang took home the Tartans’ only individual first-place finish, winning the long jump with a jump of 6.79 meters. He outjumped second-place finisher Zach Rodgers of the University of Chicago by 0.21 meters.

Tang also placed second in the triple jump (13.35 meters), followed by teammate first-year Colin Marks, whose 13.23-meter jump was good enough for a fourth-place finish.
Masters student Tom Matta finished second in both the shot put, with a throw of 14.40 meters, and in the hammer throw, with a throw of 49.44 meters. Sophomore Michael Reggie joined Matta in the hammer throw with a fourth-place finish of his own (43.96 meters).

In the discus throw, Reggie finished second with a throw of 42.08 meters, while Matta finished fifth with a throw of 39.91 meters. “The disc came together very well for me, and I was able to PR [personal record] and take second thanks to great coaching and great weather,” Reggie said. “No one wants to be second best, but at least for me the meet showed that I’ve got a chance to be one of the best in the UAA for the next two years.”

In track events, the Tartan men dominated the relays by placing first in both the 4x400-meter relay and the 4x800-meter relay. The 4x400-meter team of juniors Keith Torluemke, Mark Davis, Russel Verbofsky, and first-year Carlton Reeves ran a 3:22.52 for the win. Juniors Geoff Misek, Davey Quinn, Torluemke, and first-year Brian Harvey made up the 4x800-meter relay team, clocking in a time of 7:48.07.

The 4x100-meter relay team of junior Nick Bannister, first-year Joel Palko, Tang, and Verbofsky also did not disappoint, finishing second with a time of 43.29.

The Carnegie Mellon men also had three second-place finishes in individual track events. Junior Jeff Polack finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.44, Verbofsky placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time or 22.53, and Bannister added a second place finish in the 110-meter hurdles (14.98).

Finishing third for the Tartans were first-year Carlton Reeves, with a 51.51 finish in the 400-meter dash, and senior Nick End in the 10,000-meter run (31:43.16).

Torluemke finished fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.65, and first-year Ryan Anderson finished fourth in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:34.82, rounding out the Tartan men’s scoring.

Wash. U. finished first in the overall women’s standings with 227.5 points. The Tartan women came in sixth with 65 points, finishing ahead of the last-place NYU team.

The women collected a quartet of second-place finishes, courtesy of junior Becky Metler in the hammer throw, first-year Jessica Meng in the high jump, senior K.J. Helmstetter in the 3000-meter steeplechase, and senior Drea Garvue in the 10,000-meter run.

Metler threw a personal best 45.07 meters in the hammer throw and added to that a third-place finish in the shot put (11.60 meters). Meng attained a height of 1.57 meters in the high jump and added to that a third-place finish in the triple jump (10.93 meters).

Helmstetter ran an 11:53.02 in the 3000-meter steeplechase, and Garvue finished the 10,000-meter run in a personal best time of 39:52.03. “I felt great during the race,” Garvue said. “There were only eight girls in the race, so there was a good pack to race with.”

The women’s 4x400-meter and 4x800-meter relay teams both finished fifth as the lineup of senior Jocelyn Sikora, junior Amber Fuller, sophomore Ashley Bakelmun, and first-year Jackie Andreozzi ran the 4x400-meter relay in 4:10.80.

Fuller, Bakelmun, Sikora, and junior Jerri Castillo crossed the line with a time of 9:42.09 during the 4x800-meter relay.

Sikora also ran in the 1500-meter race, coming in seventh with a time of 4:48.95, and Bakelmun took seventh in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:25.24. Fuller finished eighth in the 400-meter run, crossing the line in 1:01.36.

The track and field teams closed out their seasons with success. “We had some outstanding performances,” Sikora said. “It was a great improvement for some from indoor [track].”