Carnegie Mellon track and field hosts Geneva and Allegheny colleges

The Carnegie Mellon track and field teams returned home to host Geneva College and Allegheny College last Tuesday. On a beautiful afternoon, the men’s team easily defeated Geneva 138 points to 59, and Allegheny 108 to 81. Although the women’s team put up a strong fight, they narrowly lost to Allegheny 76 to 94, but rebounded to beat Geneva 116.5 to 68.5.

For the men’s team, senior Eric Tang won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.43. Fellow senior Russel Verbofsky (22.64) took first place in the 200-meter dash, while junior Kiley Williams placed first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.21. Sophomore Carlton Reeves (52.06) finished behind Williams in second place.

Sophomore Brian Harvey won the 1500-meter run with a time of 3:53.57. Behind Harvey, senior Davey Quinn finished second with a time of 3:55.20. In the 3000-meter steeplechase, junior Jason Jura placed third with a time of 10:17.00.

Sophomore Craig Hahn and senior Jeff Polack controlled the 400-meter hurdles. Hahn (57.78) won the event and Polack (58.74) finished in second place. Junior Scott Fortune (1:59.99) and first-year Dan Burrows (2:01.55) finished second and third, respectively, in the 800-meter run.

In the high jump, sophomore Colin Marks led the team with a jump of 1.75 meters. First-year Chris Bridgeman won the pole vault with a vault of 3.95 meters, while Tang jumped 6.37 meters to place third in the long jump.

First-year James Hulley took second in both the shot put (13.87 meters) and discus throw (42.74 meters). Junior Mike Reggie (48.12 meters) and senior Rory Kaclik (36.74 meters) took first and third, respectively, in the hammer throw. Junior Chris Uhrinek won the javelin throw with a throw of 48 meters. The men’s 4x100-meter (43.60) and 4x400-meter (3:25.30) relay ‘A’ teams easily handled the competition, finishing first in both events.
On the women’s side, sophomore Carolyn Clayton (4:58.44) won the 1500-meter run, while junior Ashley Bakelmun continued to have success in the 800-meter run, finishing first with a time of 2:26.45.

“It was great to have a home meet in such great weather,” Clayton said. “We had a great fan turnout. It was really helpful to have our friends out cheering for us, especially since we hardly ever have home meets. It really motivated me and I ran one of my best races at CMU thus far.”

First-year Timi Abimbola (13.71) placed second in the 100-meter dash, while sophomore Jackie Andreozzi (27.94) took second in the 200-meter dash. First-year Diane Mattingly placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:11.71.

“Timi and Diane have both been solid additions to the girls team as freshmen,” Andreozzi said. “Timi brings personality to the team and Diane brings a strong work ethic.”

Sophomore Jess Meng once again won the high jump with a jump of 1.55 meters. Meng also placed second in the triple jump (10.59 meters) and third in the long jump (4.81 meters). Behind Meng, sophomore Sami Simmons took third in the triple jump with a jump of 10.51 meters. In the pole vault, senior Heidi Grothaus (2.75 meters) and first-year Anna Lenhart (2.60 meters) finished second and third, respectively.

Senior Becky Metler took second in the hammer throw (42.88 meters) and third in the shot put (11.40 meters), while fellow senior Lizza McGregor finished third in the hammer throw (30.82 meters) and the discus throw (34.42 meters).

Although the Tartan women’s 4x400-meter relay ‘A’ team took a sizable lead in the first few laps, they lost a close race to the Geneva team and finished second with a time of 4:14.25. The Tartans also fell to Geneva in the 4x100-meter relay, finishing second with a time of 52.98.

Unlike some of the other meets, students who normally would not qualify for a major meet had the opportunity to participate in Tuesday’s dual meet. “I think the coaches do a good job [enforcing] a policy where you are guaranteed a fair number of meets despite your skill,” first-year Ronell Auld said. “I think this enforces the idea that everyone is equal on the team and it is more about your work ethic than your talent level.”

Carnegie Mellon’s track teams will host a tri-meet against Seton Hill University, the University of Pittsburgh–Johnstown, and Waynesburg College on Tuesday, before traveling to Robert Morris University to compete at the Bennie Benson Invitational on Saturday.