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Women's track and field finishes second

First-year Hailey Brown (No. 4) finished first in the steeplechase. (credit: Alan Vangpat/Layout Staff) First-year Hailey Brown (No. 4) finished first in the steeplechase. (credit: Alan Vangpat/Layout Staff)

On a sunny Saturday in the Steel City, the Carnegie Mellon women’s track and field team hosted its first meet of the season. Penn State Behrend, Washington & Jefferson College, and Westminster College were all in attendance, with Westminster winning the meet just 4.5 points ahead of the Tartans.

First-year Erin Kiekhaefer placed first in the 1,500-meter race, running a season-best time of 4:46.61. First-year Hailey Brown won the steeplechase with a time of 12:36.8.

Senior Ivana Moses competed in several events, placing first in the triple jump (10.50 meters), second in the long jump (4.92 meters), and second in the 100-meter dash (13.24 seconds).

Sophomore Jacqueline Guevel won the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles with times of 14.28 seconds and 1:02.92, respectively. Her efforts in the 4x400 meter relay were strong, as she began her lap in third and surpassed both runners ahead of her to win the event with a time of 4:04.48. Kiekhaefer, first-year Sasha Spalding, and sophomore Kelsey Hallinen were the other three relay runners.

“We cut more than five seconds off our previous best time with everyone running a personal best or close to it,” Guevel said. “We are excited about such a strong finish yesterday.”

Sophomore Samantha Oleson and junior Carissa Iannone competed in the hammer throw, placing second and third, respectively. Oleson threw 39.32 meters and Iannone threw 32.92 meters.

The Tartans will compete again on Friday in distance running events; those competitors will travel to Bucknell University. The following day, the Tartans will be at Westminster College to compete again.