Track and field travels to UAAs

The Carnegie Mellon track and field team competed in the University Athletic Association (UAA) championships at Brandeis University on March 6. The men’s team placed fourth overall while the women took seventh.

The highlight of the meet for the men was senior James Hulley’s performance, with a win in both the weight throw and the shot put. In the weight throw, Hulley managed a distance of 16.35 meters. Senior Chris Fornataro put up a strong performance and placed behind Hulley, throwing a distance of 15.12 meters. In the shot put, Hulley took the gold with a throw of 16.07 meters.
The Tartan men continued to dominate on the field. Senior Chris Bridgman tied for second place in the pole vault, reaching a height of 4.40 meters.

Junior Pat O’Brien also had a stellar meet, finishing sixth in three events. The first of these was in the high jump, where he cleared a height of 1.81 meters. He also scored sixth in the long and triple jump, leaping 6.40 meters and 13.11 meters, respectively.

Junior Nate Bussiere scored third in the mile, finishing in 4:21.36, while teammate sophomore Rob Morhard finished the 800-meter run in 1:18:07, earning sixth place. Finally, the 4x400 relay composed of Bussiere, O’Brien, junior Dustin Musselman, and first-year John Caverhill, grabbed third in 3:26.49. With a final strong showing to end their season, the men have much to be proud of.

On the women’s side, the seventh-place finish was decorated with two new school records. The first was set by sophomore Luci Laffitte, who placed fourth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.94 seconds.

The second school record was set by the distance medley relay team of junior Laura McKee, senior Crystal LeePow, senior Diane Mattingly, and junior Courtney Baker, which placed sixth with a time of 12:25.75.

“Everyone ran really well in the relay. All the teams were very competitive in the relay, and although we didn’t do as well, we all put out our best,” McKee said. “Training this winter has been really rough with the weather, but we did well considering the circumstances. As for NCAAs, we’re just hoping to improve and do well in the spring season.”

Mattingly also shone in the 400-meter run, finishing fourth in 1:00.39. In addition, Laffitte, LeePow, Mattingly, and Baker joined forces once again in the 4x400-meter relay to score fifth, with a time of 4:10.51.

On the field, the women continued to meet with success. Sophomore Ivana Moses scored fifth in the triple jump, hitting the 10.42-meter mark. She was closely followed by junior Melissa Hwang, who earned seventh in the event, leaping 10.27 meters. Junior Morgan Faer threw a career best of 12.21 meters in the weight throw, coming in seventh.

Finally, in the pole vault, sophomore Lisa Marion Garcia cleared a careerbest of 2.60 meters, finishing ninth in the conference.