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Track, field teams place second, third at W&J

First-year Luci Laffite finished second in the 100-meter hurdles at W&J. (credit: Courtesy of Martin Santek Photography) First-year Luci Laffite finished second in the 100-meter hurdles at W&J. (credit: Courtesy of Martin Santek Photography) Sophomore Dan Melamed jumped for 3.96 meters to take fifth place. (credit: Courtesy of Martin Santek Photography) Sophomore Dan Melamed jumped for 3.96 meters to take fifth place. (credit: Courtesy of Martin Santek Photography)

Last Saturday, the Carnegie Mellon track and field team competed as one of the 13 teams in the Washington & Jefferson College Invitational. Both the men’s and women’s teams looked strong with key performances from several players who did not participate in last week’s meet. The men’s team came in third overall with 85 points behind Penn State Behrend (97.5) and Seton Hall University (90). The women’s team had an even more impressive day, placing second overall with 117 points, behind Penn State Behrend’s 128.50 points.

On the men’s team, first-year Matt Jacob had a terrific performance in the 10,000-meter run, taking first overall with a time of 34:21.51. In the 1500-meter run, senior Ryan Anderson and first-year Rob Morhard dominated the competition to finish first (3:59.38) and third (4:04.99), respectively. Behind Morhad, sophomores Nate Bussiere and Justin Kurp took fifth (4:08.64) and 13th (4:18.56), respectively. Junior Chriss Rizzo also had a solid day in his long-distance event, the 3000-meter steeplechase, finishing fourth with a time of 10:08.44.

Senior Craig Hahn took second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.66. Sophomore Pat O’Brien finished closely behind for fourth place with a time of 57.84. Hahn also took fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.71. In the 800-meter run, sophomore Dan Addis placed sixth with a time of 2:00.56. Behind Addis, sophomore Jonathan Matusky finished 13th overall with a time of 2:05.16. First-year Cody McMarlin finished 10th overall in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.58.
In the jumping events, first-year Ryan Kissel jumped for 6.65 meters to take second place. Sophomore Mike Tomovich and senior Joel Palko followed with sixth (6.25 meters) and 12th-place (6.04 meters) finishes, respectively. Junior Eric Couphos and senior Joel Palko took third (13.01 meters) and ninth (12.35 meters), respectively, in the triple jump.

Junior Chris Bridgman continued his dominance in the pole vault, finishing first with 4.42 meters. Sophomore Dan Melamed jumped for 3.96 meters to take fifth place. In the shot put, junior James Hulley and first-year Alex Hernandez finished third (14.41 meters) and 14th (11.51 meters), respectively. Hulley also took fourth in the discus throw with 44.42 meters while senior Chris Fornatero finished ninth with 39.22 meters. Junior Carl Spindler finished sixth in the javelin throw with 45.94 meters.
The 4x400-meter “A” relay team put up a strong fight, finishing fourth overall with a time of 3:29.44.

“Our team is turning into a pretty big threat for conferences with our depth, the performances, and our level of training,” Anderson said.

The women’s team had an exciting day with several noteworthy performances. Sophomore Courtney Baker started her outdoor season strong, finishing first overall in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:21.41. While junior Diane Mattingly (1:00.45) continued her success in the 400-meter run with a third-place finish, first-year Ivana Moses (13.36) put up a tremendous effort in the 100-meter dash with a fourth-place finish.

In the 400-meter hurdles, junior Crystal LeePow carried the momentum from last week’s success by finishing second with a time of 1:08.02. Behind LeePow, first-year Luci Laffitte took seventh with a time of 1:12.03. Laffitte also finished second in the 100-meter hurdles (16.16) while sophomore Morgan Faer followed with a fourth-place finish (16.94).

Sophomore Laura McKee and first-year Lauren Sittler finished sixth and 16th overall, respectively, in the 1500-meter run. In the 5000-meter run, senior Chrissy Krutz led the team by finishing seventh with a time of 20:18.23. Junior Anna Lenhart and sophomore Danielle Morse took eighth (20:28.77) and ninth (20:33.72), respectively.

Moses led the team in the jumping events, finishing third in the long jump (5.02 meters) and fifth in the triple jump (10.61 meters). Sophomore Melissa Hwang finished eighth and ninth in the long jump (4.41 meters) and triple jump (9.79 meters). First-years Cecily Sunday and Marie Doyle took fifth (3.05 meters) and sixth (2.47 meters), respectively, in the pole vault. In the javelin throw, senior Ashley Rothwell performed solidly, taking seventh with 26.70 meters.

The women’s team wrapped up a fantastic day with a strong third-place finish by the women’s 4x400-meter “A” relay team with a time of 4:11.66.

The track and field teams will resume their schedule this Friday at Bucknell University.