Sports Briefs

Women’s Track & Field

The Carnegie Mellon University women’s indoor track and field team competed at the first day of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Championships on Saturday, Feb. 24 held on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.

Senior Aparna Alavilli ran the 5,000-meter run in a career-best time of 17:38.51 to finish third. Also on the track, the distance medley relay team of junior Rose Ciriello, junior Debarati Bhanja, senior Sarah Cook, and sophomore Kate Reilly ran to a fifth-place finish with a time of 12:35.24.

In jumps, sophomore Michelle Karabin placed third in the pole vault by clearing the bar at 3.62 meters, while junior Autumn Hair placed fifth in the long jump with a career-best leap of 5.24 meters.

Senior Kiersten Chuc placed fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 14.04 meters.

In addition, Cook broke her own school record in the 400-meter dash during the preliminaries with a time of 58.55 heading into the finals on Sunday.

On Sunday, the Tartans finished tied New York University for sixth place at the UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Cook bettered her time in the finals placing fourth in a time of 58.06.

Hair picked up an eighth-place finish in the triple jump after a season-best mark of 10.67 meters.

Alavilli earned a ninth-place finish in the 3,000-meter run Sunday when she finished in 10:23.14. First-year Parvathi Meyyappan ran to a career-best time of 10:51.40 to place 14th.

The Tartans had two All-UAA performances with both coming on the first day when Alavilli finished third in the 5,000-meter run and Karabin placed third in the pole vault.

Men’s Track & Field

The Carnegie Mellon University men’s track and field team competed in the UAA Indoor Championships on Saturday. The 2018 championships are being held at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, OH.

Senior Jacob Schofel was crowned the UAA Champion in the weight throw with a toss of 16.75 meters, his season-best. It marked the third straight year the senior has won the event at the championships.

Sophomore Rai Walters jumped his way to a UAA championship title with a leap of 6.80 meters in the long jump.

Sophomore Liam Walsh, junior Isaac Mills, first-year Arthur Dzieniszewski, and sophomore Evan Yukevich raced to a third-place finish in the distance medley relay with a time of 10:13.55.

Other Tartans that contributed to Saturday’s point total include junior Reed Farber with his fourth-place finish in the high jump clearing 1.91 meters, and junior Kevin Cory who finished the 5,000-meter run in sixth with a time of 15:05.83.

In the preliminaries of the 60-meter dash, first-year Marvin Bennett Jr. broke the school record with a blazing time of 6.99 seconds. His time was the best in the preliminaries.

On Sunday, the Tartans earned a second-place finish at the UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships with 106 points while Washington University took the crown with 120 points.

First-year Marvin Bennett Jr. became the first 60-meter dash champion for the Tartans when he finished the race in an identical time to his preliminaries performance of 6.99 seconds. That time stands up as the school record, topping Andrew Chang’s mark of 7.05 seconds set last year.

Senior Eloy Fernandez and sophomore Fred Dauphin earned points for the Tartans in the triple jump Sunday, as Fernandez placed second with a mark of 13.98m and Dauphin fourth with a mark of 13.48 meters. Both marks were career bests while Fernandez earned his third career All-UAA honor in the event.

In the shot put, first-year Bram Miller earned All-UAA Second Team with a mark of 14.58 meters while Schofel collected third-team honors with a finals mark of 14.11 meters. First-year Logan Stahl also put points on the board for the Tartans with his sixth-place finish in the throwing event with a mark of 12.68 meters.

In the last field event to be scored Sunday, senior Tommy Mansfield and first-year Alex Liu finished 3-4 in the pole vault. Both cleared 4.36 meters along with the first and second place finishers.

Junior Isaac Mills raced to a second-place finish in the 800-meter run in Sunday’s final with a time of 1:55.31. Senior Evan Larrick picked up points in the event with a fifth-place finish in 1:56.50.

Another second-place showing was had by Yukevich in the mile run. His time of 4:16.72 earned eight points for the team while Walsh crossed fourth in a time of 4:19.85.

Junior Andrew Harter paced the Tartans in the 3,000-meter run, finishing fourth in a career-best time of 8:39.61.

For the Championships, The Tartans finished with three UAA titles. Joining Bennett Jr with a title was sophomore Rai Walters in the long jump and Schofel in the weight throw. The long jump victory for Walters was the second of his career while Schofel took home the weight throw crown for the third time.

Men’s Tennis

The Carnegie Mellon University men’s tennis team faced 13th-ranked Trinity University on Sunday in the seventh-place match of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Team Indoor Championship, winning 5–2. The Tartans are now 6–3 on the year.

The Tartans jumped to a 2–0 lead with wins at first and third doubles. Senior pair of Jeffrey Chen and Tommy Cheng led off the scoring with a 8–3 win at the third position. Junior Daniel Levine and first-year Kailas Shekar then won 8–3 at first doubles for the 2–0 advantage.

After a Trinity win, Levine made the score 3–1 with a 7–6 (7–5), 6–3 win at first singles. The Taratns then led 4–1 after first-year Ray Boppana picked up a 7–5, 6–3 win at third singles. Fourth and second singles finished at the same time with Shekar earning match point for the Tartans with a 6–4, 6–1 win in the fourth position.

The Tartans will return to the court to face Whittier on March 9 in California.