Track at Baldwin-Wallace
Carnegie Mellon’s track and field teams competed in the Baldwin Wallace mid-February meet last Friday. Both the men and women’s teams performed solidly in the unscored meet.
The men’s team saw three runners in the top five in the 800-meter run: Senior Scott Fortune came in second overall with a time of 1:57.03, while fellow senior Drew Miller and first-year Nate Bussiere took fourth and fifth, with times of 2:01.87 and 2:03.07, respectively.
In the 500-meter run, first-year John Sourbeer placed third with a time of 1:13.42, and first-year Stafford Brunk took fourth with a time of 1:15.57. In the one-mile run, first-year Erik Kallenbach had a strong day, finishing fifth with a time of 4:36.66.
The team also dominated the 1000-meter run with sophomore Dan Burrows coming in first with a time of 2:38.53. Junior Ryan Anderson (2:39.40) and first-year Justin Kurp (2:40.69) took third and fifth, respectively. First-year Jonathan Matusky came in seventh with a time of 2:45.26.
“I was happy with my race,” Kurp said. “It was my first race back from injury and all I wanted to do was finish a race pain-free.”
First-year Pat O’Brien (37.54) led the team in the 300-meter dash with a seventh-place finish and junior Craig Hahn finished 10th with a time of 38.56. Hahn also placed fifth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.43.
Senior Eric Tang continued his impressive season with a second place in the long jump with 6.26 meters. Tang also took fourth in both the 55-meter dash (6.66) and triple jump (12.91
meters). Junior Joel Palko took seventh with 6.00 meters in the long jumps and sophomore Eric Couphos also finished seventh with 12.09 meters in the triple jump.
First-year Essein Ohues (1.88 meters) jumped his way to lead the team with a third-place finish and O’Brien (1.83 meters) finished closely behind. In the pole vaults, sophomore Chris Bridgman took second with 4.25 meters. Sophomore James Hulley threw for 13.90 meters to take seventh in the shot put while senior Michael Reggie led the team in the weight throw with 14.01 meters. The 4x400 meter relay ‘A’ team wrapped up a good day, finishing second with a time of 3:32.89.
On the women’s side, there were several strong finishes in the 300-meter dash: First-year Courtney Baker (44.72) led the team with a third-place finish, junior Sami Simmons (45.73) took fifth, while first-years Danielle Fisher (45.96) and Erica Spiritos (48.70) finished seventh and 10th, respectively.
“I was pleased with my long jump performance, as I set a personal record,” said Baker. “But that is the great thing about track — there is always room to improve and get better.”
In the 200-meter dash, Timi Abimbola took ninth with a time of 28.99. First-year Laura McKee had a strong performance, finishing third in the mile run (5:29.00) and fourth in the 800-meter run (2:29.80). Sophomore Diane Mattingly (2:33.57) and senior Shauna Ormon (2:34.84) finished closely behind McKee with fifth and sixth place, respectively. Sophomore Crystal LeePow took ninth with a time of 2:38.09.
Senior Ashley Bakelmun had a solid performance in the 1000-meter run with a time of 3:16.84. Junior Chrissy Krutz took eight in the 3000-meter run with a time of 12:01.85.
In the jumps, first-year Melissa Hwang continued to improve with a fourth-place finish in the long jump (4.78 meters) and third-place finish in the triple jump (4.65 meters). Baker also took sixth place in the long jump with 4.65 meters. Sophomore Anna Lenhart jumped 2.59 meters in the pole vaults for fifth.
The 4x400 relay ‘A’ team (4:18.03) placed first while the 4x200 meter relay ‘A’ team (1:53.20) finished with a respectable third place.
The track and field teams will travel to Kent State this Saturday for their final meet before the UAA championships.