Track, field conclude indoor season at UAAs
The men’s track team ended its season one point away from winning the University Athletic Association (UAA) conference meet. The Tartans posted a score of 105, finishing just behind Emory University. Senior Brian Harvey ran a career-best 4:11.63 in the mile, securing his place in the NCAA championships. Also earning an NCAA berth was junior James Hulley. Hulley broke the school record and won the UAA title in the shot put with a throw of 16.47 meters. Junior Chris Bridgman also earned a UAA title in the pole vault by clearing 4.53 meters, breaking both the school record and establishing a new career best.
At the NCAA track and field meet, Harvey crossed the finish line after running the mile with a time of 4:11.65, enough to place him at ninth in Division III. “The previous two years I finished in eighth and fourth so ninth place was a big disappointment for me especially since top eight are given All-American honors,” said Harvey. “However, this race will definitely motivate me even more for outdoor track, my last season as a collegiate athlete.”
Hulley placed fourth in his heat with a distance of 15.19 meters, but the shot put throw was not enough to advance him to the final round. “It was a disappointing end to my indoor season to place 11th when i was seeded 3rd going in, but it gives me something to shoot for during the outdoor season,” said Harvey.
At the UAA conference meet, the Tartans performed well, with many track and field members placing. Senior Chris Fornataro came in second to Hulley in the shot put, hitting a mark of 13.82 meters, and first-year Anthony Hernandez finished sixth with a distance of 12.83 meters. Sophomore Pat O’Brien also placed sixth in the triple jump with a distance of 13.32 meters.
There were three fourth-place finishes for the Tartans in track events. Senior Ryan Anderson finished fourth in the mile run with a time of 4:15.91. Junior Dario Donatelli finished fourth in the 3000 meters with a time of 8:41.09, and senior Craig Hahn finished fourth in the 400 meters in a time of 51.26.
Finally, first-year Rob Morhard finished sixth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:03.99.
Sophomore Dan Melamed said that the meet was a “disappointing loss since we were only one point away from the first ever Carnegie Mellon men’s indoor championship. We’re looking forward to defending our title for outdoor at our home track in April.”