Track and field teams compete well at Bucknell’s Winter Classic

The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Lewisburg, Pa. on Saturday to compete in Bucknell University’s annual Winter Classic. Despite stiff competition with many strong track and field programs participating, such as Division I teams including St. Francis University and Seton Hall, the Tartans challenged their opponents and achieved impressive results.

For the women, many individual performances were noteworthy. Sophomore Luci Laffitte won the long jump, clearing a distance of 4.95 meters. Laffitte also placed 13th in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.77 seconds and tied for third place in the high jump, clearing a height of 1.55 meters. In the high jump, Laffitte was followed closely by senior Jessica Williams, who cleared a height of 1.50 meters, putting her in 12th place.
The women also fared well in the distance events. First-year Emily Wobb placed 12th in the 3000-meter run with a time of 10:46.59. In the 800-meter run, junior Courtney Baker placed third, followed by senior Diane Mattingly in seventh, with times of 2:21.27 and 2:25.33, respectively.

On the men’s side, the results were equally strong. For the field events, senior James Hulley took second in the shot put, throwing 16.15 meters, a season best, provisionally qualifying him again for the NCAA Indoor National Championship.

Hulley initially qualified two weeks prior when he threw 16.12 meters, but Saturday’s throw puts him that much closer to going to nationals.
Hulley also placed 12th in the weight throw, throwing a distance of 14.31 meters. Junior Pat O’Brien placed ninth in the triple jump, clearing 13.18 meters.

Junior Nate Bussiere led the way for the Tartans in the mile, as he took seventh with a time of 4:22.36. Sophomore Rob Morhard wasn’t far behind in ninth place with his 4:23.52 run.

Junior J.P. Allera placed fourth in the men’s 5000-meter run in 15:35.19, and junior Justin Kurp was the track team’s highest individual finisher when he placed third in the 1000-meter run with a time of 2:36.74.

The sprinters also finished strong, as junior Dustin Musselman’s 51.28 time in the 400-meter dash was good enough for eighth. First-year Ben Nealy took ninth in the men’s 500-meter dash in 1:09.79, and fellow first-year Daniel Ching placed 13th with his 8.93 run in the men’s 60-meter hurdles.

The men’s 4x100 relay consisting of Bussiere, Musselman, O’Brien, and first-year John Caverhill placed sixth overall with a time of 3:28.99.
The Tartans will travel to Alliance, Ohio on Saturday to compete against Mount Union College. The Tartans have two more meets left before they head to St. Louis, Mo. to compete in the UAA Outdoor Championships.