Track and field teams open season

The outdoor track and field season started strong this weekend. (credit: Alan Vangpat/Layout Staff) The outdoor track and field season started strong this weekend. (credit: Alan Vangpat/Layout Staff)

Carnegie Mellon’s men’s and women’s track and field teams started their outdoor season this weekend at the Washington and Lee Track and Field Carnival. Both squads had top individual performances on the way to strong overall team

The men’s team started off strong with first-year Kyle Weaver taking first place in the pole vault. His 4.60 meter vault broke the previous school record of 4.58 meters set back in 2008.

Two other Tartans took home first place finishes for the men. Senior Zach Erra-Hernandez continuing his domination from the indoor track season in the shot put, leading the field with a throw of 15.50 meters. He also placed highly in two new events for him, the discus and hammer. He threw 43.24 and 51.59 meters respectively, good enough for a third-place finish in each.

Sophomore Marc-Daniel Julien netted the Tartans their only track victory with a 1:56.00 time in the 800-meter run. Several other athletes placed highly with a pair of second place finishes in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs, and three more third place finishes in the 1,500-meter run, 110-meter hurdles, and long jump.

The Tartan women also had a lot of success at the meet with several top three finishes throughout the meet.

Senior Jacqueline Guevel had a great weekend with a first-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles and a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with times of 1:03.86 and 15.54 respectively.

Junior Sasha Spalding had the other Tartan victory. Her 10.51-meter throw in the shot put was good enough to lead the field and earn a Carnegie Mellon sweep of the event. Spalding also placed third in the long jump with a 5.02-meter leap.

Senior Samantha Oleson had the other top finish, taking second in the shot put with a 10.32-meter toss. Oleson just missed out on two more top finishes, placing fourth in both the discus and hammer throws with throws of 29.53 and 33.60 meters

Both teams will hope to build on their performance as they compete in the Carnegie Mellon Mini-Invite this weekend.