Track and field competes at Case Western

This past Saturday, the Carnegie Mellon track and field team traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, to compete against Case Western Reserve University.
The men’s team came home with another victory under its belt, beating the Spartans with a final score of 80–47. The women’s team did not fare as well, losing to Case with a final score of 79–47.

The men dominated on the field, winning a total of five events. Junior Essien Ohues kicked the meet off with a first-place finish in the high jump, clearing 1.8 meters. Ohues went on to win the triple jump as well with a distance of 12.66 meters. Junior Ryan Kissel won the long jump, leaping 6.44 meters. He also took second place at 12.55 meters in the triple jump. In the shot put, first-year Zachary Erra-Hernandez took first place, throwing a distance of 13.75 meters. Sophomore Dan Cardenas Rivero rounded out the field victories for the men, placing first in the pole vault by reaching a height of 3.96 meters.

The women’s team had several standout performances on the field. Junior Lisa Marion Garcia won the pole vault, clearing 2.43 meters, while senior Melissa Hwang and junior Ivana Moses scored second and third in the long jump, clearing distances of 4.94 and 4.79 meters, respectively.

Over on the track, senior Nate Bussiere won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.91. First-year Tim Kikta took first place in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 23.49. Senior J.P. Allera and sophomore Evan Gates went 1–2 in the 5,000-meter run, just beating out Case Western Reserve’s top finisher with times of 15:20.77 and 15:21.50, respectively.

The 4x100-meter relay earned the Tartan men their final win of the meet. The relay team, composed of sophomore Ben Nealy and seniors John Briguglio, Bussiere, and Dustin Musselman, finished in 3:28.82.

On the women’s side, first-year Jacqueline Guevel won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.71. Guevel went on to win the 55-meter dash as well, finishing in 7.52 seconds. Junior Luci Laffitte won the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:03.58, while senior Laura McKee won the 800-meter run in 2:23.05.

Look out for the Tartans as they take on Mount Union College on Saturday, Feb. 5.