Men’s track wins meet, women place third at W & J Invitational

The Carnegie Mellon track and field team found themselves competing in yet another invitational on Saturday, April 3. Located at Washington and Jefferson College, the Tartans competed against 14 challenging teams, with the women coming in third place and the men dominating in first.

Major contributors to the women's third-place finish included junior Courtney Baker, who won the 800-meter run for the second year in a row with a new meet record of 2:17.15. Junior teammate Laura McKee was not far behind, snagging third in the event with a time of 2:25.0. Other contributors included senior Crystal LeePow, who claimed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:09.14, and first-year Emily Wobb, who took fourth in the 1500-meter run in 5:02.45.

Sophomore Ivana Moses also achieved excellence in the field by winning the triple jump with a distance of 10.76 meters. Moses also saw success in the long jump, grabbing third with an impressive 5.02 meter leap. Junior Morgan Faer stole the spotlight in the hammer throw, with a second-place finish and a commendable 37.31 meter clearance.

On the men's side, the team's depth led them to victory. On the track, the distance events were the strongest by far. In the 800-meter run, junior Nate Bussiere captured first place by 0.19 seconds with a time of 1:55.05. In the 1500-meter run, the Tartans grabbed third through sixth in the event when sophomore Matt Jacob, junior J.P. Allera, sophomore Kyle Andrews and junior Dan Addis finished with times of 4:06.74, 4:07.26, 4:07.74, and 4:08.10, respectively. In addition, senior Chris Rizzo claimed third in the 3000-meter run with a time of 10:31.51.

Sophomore Ryan Kissel led the way in the field events when he achieved a personal record of 6.81 meters in the long jump to earn first place. Teammate senior Chris Bridgman won the pole vault with a clearance of 4.40 meters. For the throwers, senior James Hulley took second in the shot put in 16.22 meters, while senior Chirs Fornataro came in second in the hammer throw in 48.45 meters.

Look for the Tartans next when they travel to the Bucknell invitational on Friday, before hosting their own quad meet the next day.