Ultimate frisbee team takes fifth at West Penn Sectionals
Carnegie Mellon's Ultimate Frisbee team, "Mr. Yuk," competed with the best in the Pittsburgh area at the 16-team West Penn Sectionals, held in State College, Pa.
The tournament kicked off on a sunny Saturday morning, with the third-seeded Mr. Yuk easily defeating the Shippensburg B team 13–2 in the opening round. Carnegie Mellon followed the win with a clean sweep of the Messiah B team in the next round, 13–0. Indiana University of Pennsylvania was the next team to fall victim to Mr. Yuk's throwing, managing to score only six goals against Mr. Yuk's 13. Mr. Yuk's run was ended later that afternoon by rival Pennsylvania State with a final score of 14–8.
The top four teams at sectionals earned the chance to travel to New Jersey for the regional tournament during the first week of May. Despite the loss, the Carnegie Mellon team was still in the running for a bid to regionals, a goal the Ultimate Frisbee team has not achieved since 2006. To make the tournament, the team needed to bypass rival Shippensburg. Despite a close match, Mr. Yuk fell 13–9. Later in the day, Mr. Yuk faced Penn State B and Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the consolation rounds and pulled off two more victories, 13–4 and 12–7, respectively. With only one match left to determine the final team that would qualify for the regional tournament, Mr. Yuk once again faced Shippensburg, only to be stopped 15–8 to earn fifth place.
Mr. Yuk has been able to land its name high in the national rankings, most recently coming in at 52nd in the country in a pool of more than 300 eligible teams in the College Ultimate Championship Series.
The sectional tournament concludes the Ultimate Frisbee season. Look for Mr. Yuk next year when they start up their 2010–11 season.