Track and field wins Carnival victories

Senior Crystal LeePow, number three, ran in the 400-meter hurdles. (credit: Courtesy of Laura McKee) Senior Crystal LeePow, number three, ran in the 400-meter hurdles. (credit: Courtesy of Laura McKee)

Last Friday and Saturday, the Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Washington and Lee Carnival in Lexington, Va. The Tartans posted impressive results, with many top-10 finishes.

For the women, sophomore Ivanna Moses led the charge, placing second in the triple jump with a distance of 10.87 meters. Moses also earned a fourth-place finish in the long jump, with a distance of 5.20 meters. First-year Carissa Iannone finished sixth in the javelin, throwing 28.26 meters. Junior Morgan Faer also contributed to the team’s success, with a personal record of 39.22 meters in the hammer throw, which put her in seventh.

On the track, junior Courtney Baker placed third in the 1500-meter run, finishing in 4:48.78, closely followed by teammate junior Laura McKee, who finished in 4:55.49. In the 5000-meter run, the Tartans also fared well with fifth- and seventh-place finishes by first-year Emily Wobb and sophomore Cassie Wallace, respectively, with times of 18:27.38 and 19:25.90.

On the men’s side, the meet was equally successful. Senior James Hulley once again came out on top, winning the discus throw in 44.37 meters as well as the shot put, with a meet record and NCAA provisional qualifying distance of 15.95 meters.

Sophomore Ryan Kissel also achieved excellent results, with three top-10 finishes. He placed seventh in the high jump, clearing 1.75 meters; ninth in the long jump, reaching 6.46 meters; and 10th in the triple jump, leaping 12.67 meters. Junior Pat O’Brien took sixth in the triple jump, clearing 12.81 meters. Finally, junior Dustin Musselman finished 10th in the javelin throw with 45.50 meters.

Hulley was not the only one to provisionally qualify for the NCAAs. Junior Nate Bussiere finished fourth in the 1500-meter run in 3:53.53, also a provisional cut. Bussiere also placed second in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:55.42.

“The team performed really well,” Bussiere said. “Both James Hulley and I qualified for Nationals, and many other athletes put up personal bests for the season. If we can carry this momentum all the way to UAAs, I’m excited to see what we can do.”

The Tartans will next compete at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational. The hammer events will be held at Carnegie Mellon on April 2. The rest of the events will be hosted by W&J on April 3.