Track and field outshines rivals at the Mount Union Raider Open

On Saturday, Feb. 20, Carnegie Mellon’s track and field team journeyed to Alliance, Ohio to participate in the Raider Open hosted by Mount Union College. Both the men’s and women’s teams dominated the invitational, with Tartans taking top places in many events.

For the men’s team, the Tartans met with success on the field, with senior Chris Bridgman taking third in the pole vault, clearing a season best height of 4.40 meters. In the high jump, sophomore Ryan Kissell earned fourth with a height of 1.78 meters. Kissell also scored sixth in the long jump with a season record of 6.46 meters.

Senior James Hulley won the shot put, clearing 15.88 meters, and earned second in the weight throw, reaching 15.54 meters. Teammate senior Chris Fornataro was not far behind in the weight throw, clearing 14.54 meters, which earned him fourth place.
On the track, the men impressed the competition. In the 3000-meter run, junior J.P. Allera won and set a meet record of 8:51.70. Allera was closely followed by sophomore Rob Morhard, who took third in the event in 8:57.91. Junior Nate Bussiere grabbed second in the mile, finishing in 4:19.37.

When it came down to the relays, the Tartan’s talent shined through. The men took first in the 4x200-meter relay, with a team of first-year John Caverhill, sophomore Michael Moore, junior Dustin Musselman, and first-year Noel Titus, finishing in 1:34.85. In addition, Bussiere, Caverhill, first-year Ben Nealy, and junior Pat O’Brien joined forces to win the 4x400-meter relay, in a time of 3:29.91.

The women’s team put on an equally impressive performance. On the field, sophomore Ivana Moses placed fifth in the long jump, clearing a distance of 4.70 meters. She also finished fourth in the triple jump, leaping 10.71 meters. Sophomore Luci Laffitte finished fifth in the high jump, clearing 1.55 meters.

The women continued to dominate on the track. Laffitte also finished third in the 55-meter hurdles with a personal record of 8.98 seconds. First-year Emily Wobb won the mile in 5:33.84, while junior Courtney Baker took first in the 800-meter run, finishing in 2:27.57. Not far behind were teammates senior Diane Mattingly and junior Laura McKee, who earned third and fourth with times of 2:27.57 and 2:28.04, respectively.

Like the men’s team, the ladies found success in their relay. Baker, Laffitte, McKee, and senior Sami Simmons teamed up to finish second in the 4x400-meter relay, with a time of 4:14.57.

Look for the Tartans on March 5–6, as they participate in the 2010 University Athletic Association Indoor Championships at Brandeis University.