Tartan track and field competes at three meets
On Tuesday, the Carnegie Mellon track and field team hosted Seton Hill College, Waynesburg College, and the University of Pittsburgh–Johnstown in its final home meet of the season. On Friday, some of the men’s distance runners competed at the Bison Outdoor Classic at Bucknell University, while most of the team traveled to Robert Morris University for the Bennie Benson Invitational on Saturday.
At the tri-meet on Tuesday, senior Eric Tang (11.45) led the men’s team with a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash. In the 800-meter run, junior Scott Fortune finished first with a time of 2:00.40. Behind Fortune, senior Keith Torluemke took second with a time of 2:01.00. Senior Russel Verbofsky (51.40) finished second in the 400-meter dash.
Senior Nick Bannister placed first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.14. In the 400-meter hurdles, junior Kiley Williams (57.49) and sophomore Craig Hahn (57.56) took first and second, respectively. Senior Jeff Polack finished third with a time of 58.22.
“Hahn and Polack did well in the hurdles,” Williams said. “They both have been running good times this year, and I am especially proud of Craig for giving his all this year.”
Senior Geoff Misek (4:04.92) took first place in the 1500-meter run. Sophomore Breck Fresen won the 5000-meter run with a time of 15:43.99. Tang took first in the triple jump with a jump of 13.23 meters. Sophomore Joel Palko (6.17 meters) finished second in the long jump. First-year Chris Bridgeman took first in the pole vault with 3.97 meters, and junior Chris Uhrinek won the javelin throw with 44.74 meters.
In the throwing events, first-year James Hulley (13.42 meters) won the shot put and junior Mike Reggie (12.97 meters) placed second. Reggie also took first in the hammer throw with a throw of 48.77 meters.
The 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams won their events with times of 43.44 and 3:28.59, respectively.
On the women’s side, Shauna Orman finished first in the 400-meter dash on Tuesday with a time of 1:02.13. Sophomore Jackie Andreozzi (28.70) took third in the 200-meter dash, while junior Ashley Bakelmun (2:29.81) came in third in the 800-meter run. First-year Timi Abimbola placed fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.01.
First-year Diane Mattingly won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:10.36. Fellow first-year Roxanna Viray (18.66) came in third in the 100-meter hurdles. In the distance events, sophomore Carolyn Clayton (5:14.98) finished second in the 1500-meter run. Senior Jerri Castillo (5:15.89) finished behind Clayton in third place. Junior Carrie Kmetzo won the 5000-meter run with a time of 20:16.08.
Sophomore Jess Meng took first in the triple jump (10.31 meters) and second (1.57 meters) in the high jump. Senior Heidi Grothaus placed second in the pole vault with a vault of 2.74 meters.
In the throwing events, senior Becky Metler took first in the hammer throw (35.45 meters). Metler also took second in the shot put (11.33 meters) and discus throw (35.45 meters).
On Friday, the men’s distance runners who raced at Bucknell University faced stiff competition. In the 1500-meter run, sophomore Brian Harvey (3:55.11) finished ninth and senior Davey Quinn (3:55.90) took 13th. Sophomore Ryan Anderson took 15th in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:47.50.
At Robert Morris on Saturday, the men’s team took second place out of five teams with 144 points, and the women’s team finished third out of
six teams with 81.50 points.
Verbofsky finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.10. First-year Chris Bogie (52.80) took second in the 400-meter dash while Fortune (2:00.07) placed third in the 800-meter run. In the 110-meter hurdles, Hahn came in second with a time of 17.28. Polack (58.08) and Hahn (17.28) took first and second, respectively, in the 400-meter hurdles.
In the pole vault, Bridgeman came in second with a vault of 4.03 meters. Hulley placed second in the shot put (13.90 meters) and third in the discus (40.22 meters). The men’s 4x100-meter relay team won with a time of 43.93.
In the 3000-meter steeplechase, junior Jason Jura finished fourth with a time of 10:08.48. First-year Chris Rizzo (16:02.23) and junior Dan Carmody (16:22.06) placed second and third, respectively, in the 5000-meter run.
For the women on Saturday, Clayton won the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:57.66. Mattingly (2:31.86) placed fifth in the 800-meter run, while senior Stefani Penn (20:27.00) took fourth in the 5000-meter run. Metler threw for 43.52 meters to win the hammer throw.
The women’s 4x100-meter relay team placed first with a time of 43.93.
“Our next meet is UAAs in Atlanta at Emory and we are missing Carnival, so we have got to be at our best,” Abimbola said. “I want to perform well for my coaches so everyone can see what a great coaching staff we have. Their guidance and patience have brought us all so far. I thank them a million and one times.”