Track and Field wins Quad Meet

Credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics Credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics

At the annual Carnegie Mellon Quad Meet last Saturday, both Carnegie Mellon women’s and men’s track and field teams placed first in a field that included Penn State Behrend, Westminster College, and Denison University.

On the women’s side, the Tartans scored 203 points with 11 first-place finishes, far ahead of second place finisher Penn State Behrend’s 131 points. Junior Debarati Bhanja led the Tartans with her record-breaking win in the 100-meter dash. Bhanja’s time of 12.48 seconds set a new school record after 23 years. The junior also won the 200-meter dash, in 26.15 seconds, and the long jump, with a 4.91 meters.

After placing second behind Bhanja in the long jump, junior Autumn Hair jumped 10.80 meters, a career-best, to win the triple jump. Senior Sarah Cook and junior Rose Ciriello placed first and second, respectively, in the 800-meter run, while senior Aparna Alavill clocked in a time of 10:22.77 to win the 3,000-meter run, followed by sophomore Abigail Levine in second place. Sophomore Emmalyn Lindsey added to the Tartan’s points total with a top-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 12:07.20.

In the 4x400 relay, the team of Bhanja, sophomores Leah Kendrick and Joanna Baranowski, and first-year Valerie Reiling won with a time of 4:06.24. in the 100-meter hurdles. Kendrick and Baranowski finished 1-2 with times of 15.93 and 16.27, respectively.

Senior Kiersten Chuc and junior Alexa Barriero placed first and third in the hammer throw, respectively. In the javelin, Barriero made a career-best throw of 36.46 meters to win the javelin and finish the meet with a victory for the Tartans.

On the men’s side, the Tartans scored 221 points ahead of Penn State Behrend’s 177 with 10 first-place finishes. Junior Andrew Harter led the Tartans in a sweep of the 3,000-meter run in 8:38.39, a new school record. Juniors Will Mitchell and Jared Moore finished second and third with times of 8:40.63 and 8:41.11, respectively.

With a new school record of 47.55 meters, senior Jacob Schofel won the discus competition, followed by first-year Bram Miller in second place with a throw of 47.06 meters. Shofel had a productive competition, also winning the hammer throw with a toss of 55.82 meters and taking second in the shot put with 13.67 meters, after Miller, who won the event with exactly 15.00 meters.

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the Tartans had another sweep, with sophomore Harry Branch-Shaw finishing first in 9:44.87, sophomore Hunter Hartshorne taking second in 9:50.08, and senior Ryan Auld rounding out third in 10:05.64.

In the 1,500-meter run, the Tartans took first and second place, with sophomore Evan Yukevich winning in 4:00.80 and fellow sophomore Liam Walsh following him in 4:01.68.

In another sweep for the Tartans, first-year Arthur Dzieniszewski, junior Mark Moody, and senior Evan Larrick claimed the top three spots in the 800-meter run. Dzieniszewski crossed the line in 1:57.03, Moody followed behind him in 1:57.52, and Larrick finished with a mark of 1:57.92. The Tartans also won the 4x400 relay. Larrick, junior Isaac Mills, graduate student Tanguy Dauphin, and first-year Grant Johnson crossed in 3:26.03.

The team’s fourth and final sweep of the meet was in the triple jump. Senior Eloy Fernandez jumped 13.72 meters, sophomore Fred Dauphin jumped 12.98 meters and junior Reed Farber jumped 12.69 meters for the 1-2-3 finish, respectively. In the pole vault, senior Tommy Mansfield cleared 4.38 meters to win the event.

The women’s and men’s track and field teams will travel to the Dave Labor Invitational on Saturday, April 7 hosted by Slippery Rock University.