Distance dominates Jim Wuske Invite

Carnegie Mellon’s track and field team competed in the Jim Wuske Invitational this past Saturday, hosted by Mount Union College. With an abundance of teams to take on, the Tartans rose to the top, with many finishing in the top five in their respective events.

The men brought their A distance squad to Mount Union and were prepared to win. Senior Dustin Musselman took third in the atypical 500-meter dash, while teammate junior Rob Morhard took third in the 800-meter run, with times of 1:08.18 and 2:00.49, respectively.

Continuing the trend of the distance domination, sophomore Evan Gates placed second in the 1,000-meter run in 2:38.98, while senior Nate Bussiere finished second in the one-mile run in 4:15.40. In addition, senior Justin Kurp managed a fourth-place finish in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:01.38. Finally, the men’s distance medley team, composed of first-year Ken Murphy, sophomore Jaime Trujillo, first-year Mike Standish, and senior J.P. Allera won the event by 9 seconds, with a time of 10:47.87.

Like the men’s, the women’s distance lineup rose to the competition. First-year Jacqueline Guevel earned second in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:21.08. Senior Courtney Baker took home a victory the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.65, just inching out the competition by half a second. Meanwhile, senior Laura McKee scored fourth in the mile, with a time of 5:17.72.

Next weekend the Tartans will make the four-hour trip to Lewisburg, Pa., to compete against Bucknell University.