Tartan track travels to Bucknell for indoor meet

The Carnegie Mellon track and field teams competed in the Bucknell Winter Classic on Saturday. Both the men’s and women’s teams performed solidly, with highlights in the men’s 800-meter run and the women’s field events.

In the 800-meter run, the men’s team had four runners in the top 12. Sophomore Brian Harvey led the team and finished second overall with a time of 1:58.30. Junior Drew Miller (1:59.95) and first-year Dan Burrows (2:03.02) finished seventh and ninth, respectively. Senior Kevin Pruzinsky finished 12th with a time of 2:03.93.
After breaking a school record (4:18:05) in the mile run two weeks ago, Harvey took second in the mile on Saturday with a time of 4:13.80. Senior Geoff Misek finished fifth with a time of 2:35.02.Harvey was scheduled to run the distance medley relay, but a late arrival to the meet forced him to do the mile run.

“After our bus broke down on the highway on the way to the meet, we were stranded at a gas station for two hours,” Harvey said. “If our bus wouldn’t have broken down, I wouldn’t have run the mile today and run a provisional national qualifying time.”

In the 400-meter dash, senior Russel Verbofsky finished sixth with a time of 52.74. Sophomore Stephano Dubuc finished in seventh place with a time of 53.07. Verbofsky (23.36) and first-year Chris Bogie (23.74) placed 12th and 16th in the 200-meter dash, respectively. Sophomore Craig Hahn finished 14th in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:12.83. Senior Nicholas Bannister (7.81) and Hahn (8.47) finished fifth and 13th, respectively, in the 55-meter hurdles.

Senior Eric Tang jumped 13.05 meters in the triple jump to come in fifth place. Behind Tang, sophomores Colin Marks (12.72 meters) and Joel Palko (12.45 meters) finished eighth and 11th, respectively.

First-year James Hulley threw for 14.01 meters in the shot put to finish in fourth place. Junior Michael Edge placed sixth in the weight throw with a 14.62-meter throw. The men’s 4x400-meter relay team finished fifth with a time of 3:32.52.

On the women’s side, first-year Timi Abimbola came in 13th in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.70. Sophomore Jackie Andreozzi (27.86) finished 13th in the 200-meter dash while junior Shauna Ormon (1:02.60) came in 13th for the 400-meter dash.

In the 500-meter run, first-year Diane Mattingly took seventh with a time of 1:24.21. Junior Kelly Mingle finished right behind Mattingly in eighth place (1:27.77).

In the 800-meter run, the women’s team saw three runners in the top ten. Sophomore Ashley Baklemun placed third with a time of 2:27.82. Behind Bakelmun, sophomore Carolyn Clayton (2:32.43) and senior Jerri Castillo (2:33.50) finished eighth and 10th, respectively.

“The competition was tough at Bucknell,” Bakelmun said. “The races are a lot faster than the ones at the beginning of the season.”

Sophomore Jessica Meng came in fourth place in the triple jump with a jump of 10.40 meters. Meng also placed eighth in the high jump (1.50 meters) and 11th in the long jump (4.65 meters).

Junior Adriane Soehner threw for 10.54 meters in the shot put to finish in sixth place while senior Becky Metler (10.36 meters) finished in eighth place. Metler also placed ninth in the weight throw with a throw of 12.68 meters. Soehner (12.02 meters) and senior Lizza McGregor (10.70 meters) came in 10th and 12th, respectively, in the weight throw. The women’s 4x400-meter relay team placed fourth with a time of 4:16.47.
The Tartans will travel to Kent State University for their next meet on Saturday.