Track and field team travels to Kent State

Both men’s and women’s track and field performed solidly at Kent State. (credit: File Photo) Both men’s and women’s track and field performed solidly at Kent State. (credit: File Photo)

The men’s and women’s track teams were away at Kent State University this past Saturday. Both teams competed in a non-scoring event to tune up their skills going into the University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Championships next Saturday at the University of Chicago. The Tartans competed against a wide range of teams from all three divisions.

On the men’s side, the Tartans had a stellar performance by senior Nate Bussiere. Bussiere had a personal best in his 800-meter race with a time of 1:55.31. This time was 0.06 seconds off a school record that was set by Gary Harrison in 1990.

The Tartans’ 4x800-meter relay team placed second with a time of 8:16.65, while the 4x400-meter relay team finished seventh with a time of 3:25.59.
First-year Barnik Saha had a personal best of his own with a long jump of 6.22 meters, placing him 15th. Junior Ryan Kissel had a season-best in the high jump, clearing the bar with a height of 1.80 meters, and he placed seventh in the long jump with a distance of 6.46 meters.

On the women’s side, two records were set by the Tartans. The first school record came from senior Courtney Baker, who finished the mile with a time of 5:05.81. The second came from first-year standout Jacqueline Guevel in the 60-meter hurdles, who improved her time from last week to 9.01 seconds to set yet another record.

Sophomore Emily Wobb had a strong performance for the Tartans, coming in fifth place in the 3,000-meter with a time of 10:27.39.

The Tartans saw a career-best from senior Melissa Hwang; Hwang placed seventh with a triple jump of 10.50 meters.

The Kent State event allowed the Tartans to brush up their skills in competition.

The Tartans will now move forward and are focusing on UAA Indoor Championships next weekend.