Track and field competes in State Farm Games

The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams traveled to West Virginia University to compete at the State Farm Games Saturday, Feb. 2. The unscored meet was held at the WVU Shell Building.

The Tartans’ competition included West Virginia, Robert Morris, and Slippery Rock Universities, among a litany of other schools in the region. The men’s team collected two first place finishes with sophomore Chris Bogie clocking in at 1:06.24 in the 500-meter dash and junior Brian Harvey at 1:58.24 in the 800-meter. Harvey also tallied a second-place finish in the 3000-meters (8:53.31).

Junior Breck Fresen took second place in the mile run (4:29.92) and senior Drew Miller was close behind (4:30.81). Senior Scott Fortune finished third in the 800-meter (1:59.27).

First-year Essien Ohues took third place in the high jump (1.95 meters) and fifth in the triple jump with a personal best distance of 13.02 meters. Senior Eric Tang finished fourth in the long jump (6.33 m) and first-year Mike Tomovich finished sixth (6.18 m).

Sophomore Chris Bridgman placed fifth in the pole vault at 4.26 meters and James Hulley, also a sophomore, took seventh in the shot put (13.07 m). Junior Chris Fornataro placed seventh in the weight throw (13.46 m). First-year Nate Bussiere placed fourth in the 500-meter (1:08.98) and sophomore Stephen Carney took first for Carnegie Mellon in the 400-meter and 11th place overall.

“It is always exciting to have a huge class of freshman runners. It will be fun to watch them in the next couple meets to see who has the natural ability and, more importantly, the motivation to compete at the collegiate level,” Harvey said.

“The team is coming together and a bit closer than last year. Since we won UAAs last year that has sparked a little something in us,” Bogie said. “We are focused, training hard, getting through the meets, and keeping our eyes on the end goal. We have high expectations this year. I’d like to take a second title home, as would everyone else on the team.”

The women’s team collected two second-place finishes with first-years Courtney Baker dropping a 400-meter dash time to 62.93 seconds, and Laura McKee slightly surpassing her own time from last weekend’s meet at Denison in the 800-meters (2:29.40). Seniors Ashley Bakelmun and Shauna Ormon took sixth and seventh place in the 500-meters at 1:23.61 and 1:23.78, respectively.

Junior Sami Simmons took sixth with a triple-jump distance of 10.40 meters and eighth in the high jump (4.74 meters). First-year Melissa Hwang also came in eighth in the high jump at 4.74 meters. Sophomore Crystal LeePow took ninth in the 800-meter (2:36.15) and sophomore Rotimi Abimbola placed first for Carnegie Mellon, and 22nd overall, in the 200-meter dash (28.79 seconds).

“Many of our women set personal records only after two meets, which is what we are looking for in a growing team. We will continue to become more competitive as the season progresses, that is definite,” Baker said. “Next Saturday we will be at Bucknell, which is a major meet for us, because the competition there is very good as well.”

The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s track and field teams travel to Bucknell University Saturday, Feb. 9.