Outdoor track, field conclude season on high note

Last Saturday, the Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted their second tri-meet of the season against Duquesne University, Franciscan University, Allegheny College, and Slippery Rock University. Some of the runners who did not get to participate in the University Athletic Association (UAA) championships had an opportunity to compete in the meet. The weather did not cooperate, raining on and off, but it did not prevent the Tartans from having a fun day.

On the men’s side, senior Eric Tang continued his dominance in the 100-meter dash, winning first with a time of 11.00. First-year Essien Ohues and junior Joel Palko finished second and third, respectively, with times of 11.67 and 11.72. In the 200-meter dash, sophomore Chris Bogie (24.18) led the team with a second-place finish. Sophomore Dan Burrows finished third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.20.

“I think the purpose of this meet is really to let everyone have some fun and at the same time provide people who are trying to qualify for nationals another chance,” Tang said.

In the 1500-meter run, junior Brian Harvey took first with a time of 3:52.67, while senior Scott Fortune finished in fourth place with a time of 4:00.55. Sophomore Chris Rizzo (10:21.72) and senior Doug Fricker (10:48.99) placed first and third, respectively, in the 3000-meter steeplechase.

In the 400-meter hurdles, junior Craig Hahn finished first with a time of 57.61. Hahn also took third with a time of 16.57 in the 110-meter hurdles. First-year Mike Tomovich had one of his best performances, finishing second in the long jump with 6.52 meters. In the high jump, the always-reliable Ohues jumped for 1.80 meters.

“It was a fun meet to be in. People were trying out new events, and it was a really good time,” Tomovich said. “It was good for kids who didn’t go to UAAs to get to compete again before the end of the season.”

Sophomore James Hulley won the shot put with 14.64 meters while sophomore Chris Bridgman placed third in the pole vaults 4.49 meters. In the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, the men’s team finished first and third, respectively, with times of 45.43 and 3:42.85.

For the women’s team, junior Sami Simmons had an impressive day, finishing first in the 200-meter dash (27.66 meters), second in the triple jump (10.98), and third in the long jump (4.95 meters). Sophomore Timi Abimbola took first in the 100-meter dash (13.98) and placed second in the 200-meter dash (28.29).

In the 800-meter dash, sophomore Diane Mattingly continued her usual winning ways by taking first with a time of 2:16.49. First-year Hannah Vogel finished third in the 1000-meter run with a time of 5:17.60. Sophomore Crystal LeePow led the team by finishing second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:09.46.

Junior Emily Giacommara (17.35) and first-year Morgan Faer (17.36) finished first and second, respectively, in the 100-meter hurdles. Sophomore Roxanna Viray took third with a time of 18.06. The 4x400-meter relay team capped off a good day, winning the event with a time of 4:31.62. Perhaps the most notable event of the day was the 4x100-meter coed relay races at the end of the meet, which consisted of the runners sprinting down the track dressed in capes and hula skirts.

“The most memorable part of the season was watching how hard everyone worked during practice, and then seeing how much it paid off in meets,” Bakelmun said. “So many people made huge improvements this season — the team will do very well next year.”

The track and field teams will take a long break before traveling to Allegheny College on Friday, May 9.