Men’s and women’s track teams sweep Ohio State Tune-Up

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On Friday, the men’s and women’s track teams attended Ohio State Tune-Up in preparation for next week’s University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Championships at Brandeis University.

The men’s team had a good day, finishing second-place as a team, losing only to host Ohio State University. The women had several outstanding individual performances as well.

For the men, first-year Andrew Chang set a school record in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.11 seconds and grabbed a third place finish in the 200-meter dash.

First-year Kyle Weaver came close to breaking a school record, missing the pole vault record by a centimeter. He ultimately finished in sixth place with a jump of 4.52 meters.

The Tartans’ long-distance running was their strength, with junior George Degen winning the 3,000-meter run and juniors Elliott Watson and Ben Walker placing first and second in the 1,000-meter run.

Continuing Carnegie Mellon’s junior dominance, Thomas Vandenberg took first place in the 800-meter run with his time of 1:53.38, putting him third in the nation to go along with his top-ten national ranking in the 400-meter dash.

For the women, it was all about their new first-year talent. Sommer Farber set a career best in the triple jump, flying 9.76 meters and placing sixth. A pair of first-year runners, Rebecca Fortner and Ariel Tian, performed well in the 200- and 400-meter dashes, respectively.

The one upperclassman standout for the Tartans was junior Sasha Spalding, who had a season-best throw in the shot put of 10.44 meters.

It remains to be seen how the team and Vandenberg will continue into the UAAs and Vandenberg’s bid for NCAA Championships.