Track and field has home field advantage
On Saturday, the Carnegie Mellon track and field team hosted its annual quad meet. Penn State Behrend, Washington & Jefferson College, and Westminster College traveled to spend the day on the Carnegie Mellon track in Gesling Stadium.
On the women’s side, the Tartans earned themselves a second-place finish, while the men cleaned house and came in first.
“The competition was good. I was really excited about all the fans we had out here. It’s really exciting that for our only home meet we had so many friends and family come out to watch us,” said senior Laura McKee.
Although the sky was overcast, a few rays of sunshine shone through at times and the temperature was mild as the Tartans started their competition at 11 a.m.
The Tartans had many outstanding performances while competing on their home turf. First-year Jacqueline Guevel continues to be on fire as she breaks record after record.
“I think we all were really impressed with Jackie’s performances today. She qualified automatically for the 100- meter hurdles. It’s just very impressive. I don’t think she even knew she ran that fast. And then she also provisionally qualified in the 400-meter,” said junior Luci Laffitte.
Laffitte and her 4x100-meter relay, also consisting of senior Kim Nederlof, Guevel, and junior Ivana Moses, set the new school record at 50.13 seconds. McKee finished her last home meet in the best way possible with a career best in the 1,500-meter race.“This was definitely a big [personal record] for me, and I’m looking forward to races next week and conference the week after. Hopefully [I’ll] improve my time even more.”
On the field, junior Lisa Marion Garcia pole-vaulted 2.95 meters, almost setting a new school record. Senior Melissa Hwang also finished strong at home, winning the triple jump with a distance of 10.40 meters.
Reflecting on the men’s results, senior captain Nate Bussiere said, “I think we did well. We had a lot of good performances all across the board, men and women. Turned out to be a nice day, so it was pretty good.” Bussiere contributed to the team with a second-place finish in the 1,500-meter race.
Sophomore Noel Titus was 0.06 seconds off breaking the school record as he finished first in the 100-meter dash, and he then followed that by winning the 200-meter dash.
Bussiere said “I think grouping our 800-meter guys together as a whole [helped]. There were a lot of them and they all ran really well.” Sophomore Ben Nealy won the 800-meter run in 1:57.84.
The first-years added to the strong Tartan finish, with first-year Josh Newby finishing first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:57.93 and Tim Kikta finishing first in the 400-meter run with a time of 50.43 seconds. On the field, first-year Nathan Cheek won the hammer with a distance of 47.42 meters, while first-year Zachary Erra-Hernandez won the shot put and discus.
Strong performances came from senior Justin Kurp and junior Kyle Andrews as they finished first and second, respectively, in the 3,000-meter run with times of 8:57.93 and 9:00.49.
Ending on a high note, the 4x400-meter relay team of Bussiere, Nealy, first-year David Keyser, and senior Dustin Musselman finished first with a time of 3:23.88.
Looking back on the meet, Bussiere said, “Well, it’s a quad meet so it’s pretty small, but it’s kinda nice [because] it gives you space to kinda do what you need to do ... without being all cluttered.”
The Tartans will compete on Friday at Bucknell University.