Sports

Track and field competes at Westminster

Junior Ivana Moses gets high off the ground as she competes in the triple jump. (credit: File Photo) Junior Ivana Moses gets high off the ground as she competes in the triple jump. (credit: File Photo) Sophomore Noel Titus finished the 200-meter race in 22.91 seconds. (credit: File Photo) Sophomore Noel Titus finished the 200-meter race in 22.91 seconds. (credit: File Photo) Credit: File Photo Credit: File Photo

The Carnegie Mellon track and field team traveled to Wilmington, Pa., to compete in the Westminster Invitational. The men’s team placed fourth, while the women’s team finished sixth out of the 13 teams that competed.

“It was a tough meet because it was cold and rainy all day, but everyone stuck it out and we did have some great performances. In particular, junior Lisa Marion Garcia set the new school record in the pole vault,” junior Luci Laffitte said. Garcia set a new record with a height of 3.10 meters.

Two other notable performances came from senior Melissa Hwang, who placed second in two events. First was the long jump with a distance of 4.79 meters and then the triple jump with a distance of 10.52 meters. On the track, first-year Jacqueline Guevel finished strong, adding another second-place finish for the team in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:00.23.

On the men’s side, senior Dustin Musselman brought a first place finish to the Tartans in the javelin with a distance of 47.85 meters.

Other notable performances on the field came from first-year Nathan Cheek and first-year Zachary Erra-Hernandez. Cheek came in second in the discus throw with a distance of 39.84 meters. Erra-Hernandez placed third in the discus throw with 38.35, just falling short of Cheek. Erra-Hernandez also placed third in the shot put. On the track, sophomore Noel Titus had a strong showing as he came in first in the 200-meter race with a time of 22.91 seconds. First-year Tim Kikta finished fifth, although he was barely a second behind Titus. The 800-meter men finished with sophomore Ben Nealy in second with a time of 2:01.44 followed by first-year James Allen in fourth and senior John Briguglio in fifth with times of 2:02.17 and 2:02.35, respectively.

Next Thursday, the track and field team will pack their bags and travel to Atlanta, Ga. to compete in the 2011 Outdoor UAA Track and Field Championships, which are hosted by Emory University.