Sports Briefs

Men's Basketball

The Carnegie Mellon men's basketball team traveled to New York to play the 22nd ranked Violets of New York University on Friday. The Tartans defeated the Violets 85–80.

NYU got off to an extremely fast start, establishing a 16–4 lead in the first five minutes and extending it to 21–7 soon after. The Tartans fought back hard, and first-year forward and center Patrick Ehland capped off a 15–2 run that put the Tartans up 39–37 to end the half. Although NYU again jumped to a large lead at the start of the second half, the Tartans closed in on the Violets. The lead changed sides several times in the final minutes of the game, but senior guard Jason Sebak's free throws proved to be the difference in capturing the win for the Tartans. Sophomore guard Thomas Cook finished with a career-high 26 points, and junior center Chris Shkil contributed 19. The Tartans committed a season-low six turnovers.

On Sunday, the Tartans took on Brandeis University, losing 81–67. Though the Tartans got off to an early lead thanks to Ehland's efforts, the Judges were able to capitalize on a number of Tartan mistakes. Carnegie Mellon finished shooting 36.5 percent from the floor while the Judges shot 57.1 percent. Junior forward Jack Serbin scored 19 points for the team.

The Tartans now stand at 8–10 overall and 1–6 in the UAA. The Tartans will compete against NYU at home on Friday, Feb. 5.

Women's Basketball

The Carnegie Mellon women's basketball team competed at New York University on Friday. The Tartans lost a close 75–74 battle against the eighth ranked Violets.

The Violets held the lead for much of the game, but the Tartans managed to keep the score close. Junior guard Jackie Hudepohl managed score off an offensive rebound, getting the Tartans a 73–72 lead with 1:36 left in the game. NYU retook the lead with a three point shot, but the Tartans still had hope left when Hudepohl was fouled on with six tenths of a second left to play. Though she managed to make the first free-throw, her second fell to the floor, and time expired before the Tartans could attempt to make another play on the ball. Hudepohl and junior center and forward Lisa Murphy both earned 16 points for the team. Murphy's 16 rebounds helped her record her ninth double-double of the season.

On Sunday, the Tartans took on Brandeis University, winning 66–60. The game was a hard-fought battle over all four quarters, but the Tartans sealed the victory at the end of the game when they made four of six foul shots. Murphy led the team with 17 points, and senior forward Liza Otto scored 16. Murphy's 10 rebounds recorded her tenth double-double of the season.

The Tartans now stand at 14–4 overall and 3–4 in the UAA. The Tartans will look to improve on their performance when they play a rematch against NYU at home on Friday, Feb. 5.

Men's Track & Field

The Carnegie Mellon University men's track and field team traveled to Case Western Reserve University for the 9th Annual Battle for the Obelisk on Saturday. The Tartan men defeated the Spartans 78–58, but Case Western retained the obelisk by winning 146–126 overall.

In the 800-meter run, sophomore mid-distance runner Evan Larrick crossed in 1:58.45 with senior mid-distance runner Marc-Daniel Julien just behind him in 1:58.52. Junior mid-distance runner Curtis Watro finished first in the mile in a career-best 4:20.46. The Tartans swept the 3,000-meter run with junior distance runner Ryan Archer leading the way in an 8:47.34 finish. Graduate distance runner Josh Antonson was second in 8:51.18 with sophomore distance runner Ryan Auld placing third in 8:51.95. Antonson later placed second in the 5,000-meter run in a career-best 15:17.01 while senior distance runner Brian Bollens was third in 15:23.03. The 4x400-meter relay team of junior sprinter Jonathan Perry, first-year sprinter Christopher Bayley, first-year mid-distance runner Isaac Mills, and junior mid-distance runner Owen Norley crossed first in 3:25.37 while the distance medley relay team of first-year mid-distance runner Mark Moody, Mills, Norley and first-year distance runner Jared Moore won in 10:42.05. Norley placed second in the 400-meter dash in 51.18. Junior hurdler and jumper Don Boyer was second in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.80 with junior hurdler Matthew Sheh crossing third in a career-best 8.85.

The Tartans swept the high jump with sophomore sprinter and jumper Cameron Smith taking first, clearing 1.80 meters. First-year sprinter and jumper Rai Walters and Boyer tied for second as they both cleared 1.75 meters.

Sophomore hurdler and pole vaulter Thomas Mansfield won the pole vault by clearing 4.10 meters. In the long jump, Walters leapt a career-best 6.95 meters, and sophomore jumper Eloy Fernandez won the triple jump with a jump of 12.95 meters. Boyer was third in both jumping events with marks of 6.27 meters and 12.36 meters. The shot put saw sophomore thrower David Trzcinski win with a mark of 13.80 meters as first-year Kenny Sladick was third with a mark of 13.43 meters. Sophomore thrower Jacob Schofel placed second in the weight throw with a mark of 14.67 meters.

The Tartans will next compete at the Denison University Bob Shannon Invite on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Women's Track & Field

The Carnegie Mellon women's track and field team competed against Case Western Reserve University in the 9th Annual Battle for the Obelisk on Saturday. The Tartans lost 88–48, and Case Western won 146–126 overall.

In the 60-meter hurdles, junior hurdler and jumper Sommer Farber crossed in 9.94 with junior hurdler and jumper Rebecca Fortner behind her in 10.12. Sophomore sprinter Sarah Cook won the 400-meter dash in 59.37 and took second in the 200-meter dash in 27.58. First-year sprinter, mid-distance runner, and hurdler Rose Ciriello won the 800-meter run in 2:26.03. Junior sprinter and jumper Jerrilyn James placed third in the 60-meter dash in 8.40. Senior mid-distance runner Taylor Maggiacomo was third in the 3,000-meter run in 10:57.09. Senior distance runner Kira Ragazzo placed second in the 5000-meter run in 19:08.41.

First-year jumper Tessa Allen won the high jump, matching her season-best of 1.60 meters. Fortner placed third in the high jump leaping over 1.50 meters. First-year jumper and sprinter Autumn Hair placed first in the long jump with a mark of 4.90 meters and won the triple jump with a season-best mark of 10.17 meters while Allen was third in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 10.09 meters. Junior pole vaulter Grace Yee cleared 3.20 meters in the pole vault for the second straight week and took second. First-year thrower Oly Nwankwo recorded a season-best mark of 10.84 meters in the shot put and placed third.

The Tartans will next compete at the Denison University Bob Shannon Invite on Saturday, Feb. 6.