Tartans win big at home in Quad Meet

The Carnegie Mellon track and field teams hosted another tournament this weekend. Both squads placed second at the Carnegie Mellon University Quad Meet, and several individual athletes took home first place titles.

The women’s track and field team was looking to rebound after last week’s disappointing fourth place finish. The Tartans came out with a vengeance and took it out in the throwing events. Seniors Samantha Oleson and Colette Tano finished first and second in the hammer throw with tosses of 39.52 and 39.40 meters, respectively. Junior Sasha Spalding followed up by taking second place in the shot put with a throw of 10.74 meters.

Spalding continued her dominance with a win in the long jump after leaping over the competition with a distance of 4.84 meters. First-year Rebecca Fortner added another strong jumping finish as she took home second in the high jump, bounding 1.50 meters in the air.

On the track side, senior Jacqueline Guevel led the way with a pair of victories in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles. Guevel sprinted her way to the finish line with times of 16.13 and 1:04.75, respectively.

Sophomores Elizabeth Snyder and Haley Bryant both helped the team effort with strong individual efforts in distance running. Snyder took home first in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:44.33, while Bryant finished the 800-meter run in 2:29.86 for second place.

The men’s team continued on its blistering pace, setting several career bests, but ultimately falling short of repeating a first place finish as a team.

Senior Zachary Erra-Hernandez continued his domination of the competition, breaking his own school record from last weekend in the hammer toss by over .5 meters with a throw of 54.53. Senior Nathan Cheek and junior Gino Pilato helped round out a one, two, three finish with throws of 51.59 and 39.98, respectively.

The Tartan throwers kept up the dominance with Erra-Hernandez winning both the shot put and discus titles with throws of 15.80 and 44.38, respectively.

Cheek finished second in the discus with a 43.92 toss while senior David Markowitz took home the title in the javelin throw with a career best 52.09-meter throw.

To round out the field events, first-year Kyle Weaver and sophomore Victor Yan took second and third in the pole vault, each clearing the 3.95-meter bar.

The Tartans did not let up when the time came for the track events, starting with a sweep of the 3,000-meter run. First-year Ryan Archer and sophomore Grant Langevin, along with junior George Degen, helped the Tartans take their second one, two, three finish of the meet, finishing with times of 8:59.70, 9:00.44, and 9:04.40 respectively.

Carnegie Mellon also dominated the steeplechase and 1,500-meter run, taking home first and third in both events. First-year Curtis Watro took home the title in the steeplechase at 10:04.40, and sophomore Brian Bollens finished just behind with a time of 10:35.13.

In the 1,500-meter run, first-year Owen Norley finished in 4:03.02 to take home first while sophomore Marc-Daniel Julien placed third with a time of 4:06.74.
In the short distance events, the Tartans netted three second place finishes. First-year Andrew Chang placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.79, while senior Mike Standish grabbed second in the 400-meter dash after crossing the line with a time of 57.57. First-year Nathan Willis rounded out the trio with a second-place finish of 2:01.43 in the 800-meter run.

The Tartans took home one more title in the 4x400-meter relay with Julien, Standish, Willis, and Norley combining to take home first with the time of 3:26.43.
Both squads will be splitting up next weekend, with parts of each team traveling to the Bucknell University Distance Carnival and the rest competing in the Bennie Benson Memorial Invitational hosted at Robert Morris University.