Tartan track and field teams compete at IUP

Carnegie Mellon’s outdoor track and field team participated in the Western Pennsylvania Championships at Indiana University of Pennsylvania last Saturday. The men’s team finished fourth out of 12 teams with 81 points, while the women’s team came in last place with 23.50 points. St. Francis University took first place in both the men’s and women’s team competition with 204 and 189.50 points, respectively.

The Tartan men’s team had several strong performances in the 800-meter run. Senior Davey Quinn (1:55.10) led the team with a third-place finish. Sophomore Brian Harvey (1:57.26) and junior Scott Fortune (1:59.90) followed to finish fifth and 10th, respectively. In the 1500-meter run, junior Drew Miller (4:04.90) and senior Geoff Misek (4:16.08) placed fifth and 11th, respectively.

First-year Dario Donatelli took fourth in the 5000-meter run with a time of 15:41.99. Sophomore Andrew Frederickson (15:51.90) and first-year Chris Rizzo (16:11.94) placed fifth and seventh, respectively. Junior Dan Carmody finished ninth with a personal best time of 16:16.55.

Senior Russel Verbofsky finished third in the 400-meter (50.90) and sixth in the 200-meter run (23.17). Sophomore Craig Hahn took eighth place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.74.

In the 10,000-meter run, senior Mike Bridenbaugh finished fifth with a time of 33:24.34. Sophomores Ryan Anderson (9:55.40) and Takahiro Matsuura (11:22.50) took third and seventh, respectively, in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
Carnegie Mellon saw three top-10 runners in the 400-meter hurdles. First-year Chris Bogie (57.67), Hahn (58.79), and senior Jeff Polack (59.71) placed fourth, seventh, and ninth, respectively.

“Chris Bogie is an exciting addition to our team this year and ran a very respectable time in the 400-meter hurdles and seemed confident that he could run significantly faster still,” Harvey said.

Senior Eric Tang jumped 6.26 meters to take seventh in the long jump, while sophomore Joel Palko (12.72 meters) and first-year Eric Couphos (12.27 meters) finished eighth and 10th, respectively, in the triple jump.

In the shot put, first-year James Hulley threw for 14.04 meters to take fifth place, and junior Michael Reggie followed to finish in ninth place with 12.92 meters. Reggie also finished fourth in the hammer throw with a throw of 45.47 meters. The Tartan men’s 4x400-meter relay ‘A’ team placed second with a time of 3:27.71. The 4x800-meter relay ‘A’ team finished fourth with a time of 8:33.29.

On the women’s side, in the 800-meter run, sophomore Ashley Bakelmun (2:29.04) led the team with a sixth-place finish. Behind Bakelmun, first-years Diane Mattingly (2:30.18) and Crystal LeePow (2:37.08) finished eighth and 15th, respectively.
Sophomore Emily Giacomarra took 13th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.10.

“It feels great to be running outside, since it gets stuffy on the indoor tracks,” Bakelmun said. “The beautiful weather this week has made it even more enjoyable. The outdoor season is always exciting because the times are faster around the regular-sized track.”

Sophomore Carolyn Clayton finished sixth in the 3000-meter run with a time of 11:22.62, while senior Jerri Castillo (5:12.13) took 14th in the 1500-meter run.

Senior Stefani Penn (42:43.63) and sophomore Chrissy Krutz (44:01.36) placed eighth and 11th, respectively, in the 10,000-meter run.

Sophomore Jessica Meng placed in the top 10 for the high jump and long jump events. Meng jumped 1.53 meters for eighth place in the high jump and finished 10th in the long jump (4.56 meters).

In the pole vault, first-year Anna Lenhart (2.60 meters) and sophomore Heidi Grothaus (2.60 meters) took fifth and eighth, respectively.

Senior Becky Metler threw for 11.08 meters to take ninth in the shot put. Metler also finished 13th in the discus throw (30.51 meters) and seventh in the hammer throw (42.40 meters). The 4x400-meter relay ‘A’ team (4:19.91) finished the day with a fourth-place finish.

“We lost a few people from the indoor season and gained a few people as well, so we are still adjusting to that,” Bakelmun said. “There is a lot of potential in the younger athletes that joined the team.”

The track and field team will return home to host Allegheny College and Geneva College on Thursday.