Track teams race at Case

Carnegie Mellon’s track and field teams competed in the Spartan Invitational at Case Western Reserve University on Saturday. The men’s team took home a third-place finish, while the women ended the day in seventh.

The invitational started with the women’s high jump, which saw sophomore Jessica Meng grab fourth place with a 1.47-meter jump. Later, in the men’s long jump, sophomore Eric Tang also placed fourth after jumping 6.05 meters.

First-year James Hulley threw for 13.67 meters in the men’s shot put to secure a fourth place finish. Junior Michael Reggie edged out the competition in the men’s weight throw, throwing 14.44 meters to win first place by a 0.35-meter margin.
The men’s triple jump saw two Tartans in the top three; Tang and fellow sophomore Joel Palko came in second and third at 12.89 meters and 12.82 meters, respectively. For the women, Meng came in fourth with a 10.28-meter jump. First-year Anna Lenhart vaulted 2.44 meters in the women’s pole vault event, and came in second.

“I think it’s a pretty good start to the season,” Lenhart said. The invitational was her second meet as a member of the team, but the first with such a wide array of competitors.

Senior Nicholas Bannister won the men’s 55-meter hurdles event, finishing in 7.88 seconds. Junior Drew Miller placed third in the men’s one-mile run, finishing with a time of 4:31.29.

The men’s 4x200-meter relay ‘A’ team came in third as well, finishing in 1:34.22, only 77 hundredths of a second out of second place.

The longer runs and the dash events were not as successful for the Tartans, but the men’s and women’s ‘A’ teams both came in third in their respective 4x400-meter relays to close out the day. The women finished in 4:21.53, and the men finished with a time of 3:33.95.

The Spartan Invitational turned out to be a great chance for the younger members of the team to get experience at a large meet — many of the top finishers were sophomores and first-years. “I was surprised at how many good freshmen we got,” Lenhart said.

“I thought we did pretty well from the standpoint of where we placed in our different events, but not necessarily from the standpoint of our performances,” said Reggie, who has been on the team for three years. “It’s early in the season, and the better performances will come though.”

Reggie was optimistic about the coming season ­— UAA rival Case offered strong competition for the Tartans at the meet. “I think we’ve got a chance to make a big impact at the conference meet,” said Reggie. “We’re sick of coming in second at the UAA meets.” A conference victory would hold even more special meaning for Reggie, who was on the university’s championship football team this year as well. “There’s nothing that would complete my year more than another UAA championship in another sport,” he said.

The Tartans travel to West Virginia University this Saturday for their next meet.