Track hosted Tri-Meet at Gesling Stadium

The Carnegie Mellon track and field teams had a busy week competing in three meets.
Last Tuesday, the Tartans hosted a tri-meet that included California University of Pennsylvania, Franciscan University, and Duquesne University.

Over the weekend, the distance runners participated in Bucknell University’s Bison Outdoor Classic, while the rest of the team traveled to Robert Morris University for the Bennie Benson Memorial Invitational.

The weekend results were somewhat disappointing, but the team saw many personal bests at the meet.

At Tuesday’s unscored meet, the men’s team dominated most of the events. Senior Eric Tang (11.00) took first in the 100-meter dash and first-year Don Mignogna (11.31) finished closely behind for second place. In the 200-meter dash, first-year Casey Piper finished first with a time of 22.69. Tang also finished first in the triple jump with 13.19 meters.

Sophomore Brian Harvey (1:53.40) and senior Scott Fortune (1:53.45) took first and second, respectively, in an exciting 800-meter dash. Junior Craig Hahn (16.24) placed first in the 110-meter hurdles, while senior Kiley Williams (56.18) finished first in the 400-meter hurdles.

In the long-distance events, junior Ryan Anderson barely edged out his opponent to win the 1500-meter run in 4:03.67. Junior Mike Condon won the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:14.08. First-years Essien Ohues (1.90 meters) and Dan Melamed (4.11 meters) finished first in the high jump and pole vaults, respectively. The 4x100-meter team swept the competition with a first-place time of 43.81.

“Unfortunately I got sick the night before the race and felt horrible all day but managed to run fine anyway,” Condon said. “Since the 3000 isn’t a normal distance for college meets, I won’t get another chance to beat my time, but it was fun anyway.”

For the women’s team, junior Sami Simmons broke two school records, finishing first in the triple jump (11.09 meters) and third in the long jump (5.31 meters). First-year Melissa Hwang (4.97 meters) also had a spectacular finish in the long jump to take fourth place. As usual, sophomore Diane Mattingly easily won the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:22.18, while first-year Courtney Baker (2:25.37) took second place.

Sophomore Timi Abimbola took second in both the 200-meter (28.00) and 100-meter (13.59) dash. First-years Morgan Faer (17.41) and Danielle Fisher (1:12.71) finished second and third, respectively, in the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles. Junior Jen Kim had two personal bests, finishing third in both the discus throw (28.70 meters) and hammer throw (32.46 meters).

On Friday night, several Tartans ran in the competitive Bison Outdoor Classic meet. First-year J.P. Allera (14:58.47) and sophomore Dario Donatelli (14:59.17) placed third and fifth, respectively, in the 5000-meter run. Harvey took fourth in the more competitive 5000-meter run invitational with a time of 14:43.62.

Referring to the busy week, Anderson said, “It makes it difficult to recover, and also prevents us from doing intensive workouts, but it helps to get you used to competing when you feel a little down, so it’s good if you’re doubling events at conferences or later meets.”

At Robert Morris University, the men’s team showed several solid performances. Anderson carried over his Tuesday success to win the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:40.59. Junior Breck Fresen (4:12.68) and fifth-year Geoff Misek (16:04.81) took third and second, respectively, in the 1500-meter and 5000-meter runs. Sophomore Dan Burrows finished third in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:02.35.

In the 100-meter dash, Tang led the team again to take second place with a time of 11:16. First-year Casey Piper (32.68) took third in the 400-meter dash, while sophomore Chris Bogie (56.37) placed first in the 400-meter hurdles. The 4x100-meter (43.22) and 4x400-meter (3:36.41) relay teams both won their respective events.

On the women’s side, Abimbola finished fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.71. First-year Erica Spiritos (1:08.01) took fifth in the 400-meter dash, while sophomore Crystal LeePow (2:26.90) finished fourth in the 800-meter dash. Sophomore Anna Lenhart placed third in the 5000-meter run with a time of 20:32.03.

“Saturday’s meet was much more frustrating than Tuesday overall, but there were still some very good performances,” Kim said.

“Hopefully we’ll have better weather this next week to continue improving on things before Chicago.”

The track and field teams will compete in the much-anticipated University Athletic Association (UAA) championships this weekend at the University of Chicago.