Track and field wins 10 of 15 events at Denison

Carnegie Mellon’s track and field team started its new season on a bright note. The men’s and women’s teams traveled to Denison University for the indoor Lid-Lifter meet in Granville, Ohio, where they won 10 events out of 15. While the men continued to build on their success from last year, the women’s team saw good performances from several newcomers.
On the men’s side, first-year Chris Luther finished second in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.28 seconds. Senior Eric Tang took first in the 55‑meter dash (6.73) and junior Craigh Hahn placed second in the 200-meter dash (24.43).
In the 400‑meter dash, sophomore Chris Bogie and first-year Casey Piper took second and third with times of 52.89 and 53.78 seconds, respectively. Senior Scott Fortune dominated the 800‑meter dash with a time of 1:59.01, with first-year Dan Addis finishing fourth with a time of 2:01.58.
The distance runners, however, were the highlight of the meet. Led by junior Brian Harvey, the men’s team saw four runners in the top four in the one‑mile run. Harvey finished first with a time of 4:18.17, and junior Breck Fresen took second with a time of 4:24.82. Senior Drew Miller and sophomore Dario Donatelli rounded out the top four with times of 4:25.27 and 4:33.67. In the 3000-meter run, first-year J.P. Allera finished first with a time of 9:02.84.
“It is always interesting to start the new semester with track as a contrast, because with cross country we are such a tight unit,” Donatelli said. “When track comes around, [the] cross country runners almost form a team within a team.”
Tang also finished first in the long jump (6.23 meters) and triple jump (12.79 meters). Junior Joel Palko (5.89 meters) and first-year Brad Holden (5.68 meters) took second and fourth, respectively, in the long jump. Behind Tang, first-year Essien Ohues jumped 12.75 meters for second place in the triple jump. Ohues also led the team in the high jump with 1.86 meters.
Sophomore Chris Bridgeman finished first in the pole vaults with 4.25 meters. The Tartans also dominated the weight throws, with senior Mike Reggie finishing first at 13.68 meters. Sophomore James Hulley (13.20 meters) and junior Chris Fortunato (11.60 meters) took second and third, respectively. Hulley (14.32 meters) and Fortunato (12.72 meters) also took first and third, respectively, in the shot put.
The 4x200‑ and 4x400‑meter relay ‘A’ teams both took second place with times of 1:38.59 and 3:35.35, respectively.
For the women’s team, sophomore Diane Mattingly (1:01.98) continued to excel in the 400‑meter dash with a first‑place finish. First-year Courtney Baker (1:03.15) and senior Shuan Ormon (1:04.22) took third and fourth, respectively. In the 800‑meter dash, first-year Laura McKee placed first with a time of 2:29.59. First-years Morgan Faer (9.66) and Danielle Fisher (9.88) led the team with fourth and sixth finishes in the 55‑meter hurdles. In the 55‑meter dash, Faer also finished fourth with a time of 8.33, and junior Emily Giacomarra took fifth with a time of 8.41.
“Personally, I felt I did as well as I could have hoped. I was very pleased with my times and such, especially in my first meet,” Faer said. “I also feel that I have provided a foundation to build on for the rest of the season.”
Several jumpers finished in the top five in the long jump and the triple jump. Junior Sami Simmons took first in the long jump (4.88 meters) and second in the triple jump (10.02 meters). First-year Melissa Hwang took third in both events with 4.55 meters and 9.60 meters, respectively. Fellow first-year Courtney Baker jumped 4.44 meters for fourth place in the long jump.
Sophomore Anna Lenhart finished fourth in the 300‑meter run with a time of 11:38.91. First-year Sarah Zuerndorfer also placed fourth in the pole vaults with 2.45 meters. The 4x400-meter relay ‘A’ (4:21.43) and ‘B’ (4:32.49) teams capped off the meet with solid first‑ and second‑place finishes, respectively.
The teams compete Saturday at West Virginia University.