Tartans dominate Saint Francis, lose to Case Western
On Friday, April 7, the Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis team took on Division I Saint Francis University for their first match of the month.
Single matches started off the day. First-year Sebastien Lhuillier took the first point for the Tartans with 6-2, 6-1 wins in the fifth spot. In the sixth spot, first-year Chaitanya Irkar recorded the second Tartan point with 6-1, 6-2 wins. Senior Raahil Doshi in the first spot won both his sets as well, 7-5, 6-0. Second-spot junior Nicholas Wenink and fourth-spot senior Matthew Poh earned two more points for Carnegie Mellon in singles play after going to third-set super tiebreakers. Wenink went 0-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8) while Poh went 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-4).
Tartans in doubles play also found success. The team of Doshi and junior D’Abreo won in second doubles, 8-6. The team of Lhuillier and senior Jonathan Nottingham won 8-3 in the third doubles spot.
These doubles wins gave the Tartans two more points and secured a 7-2 home victory. Their next match will be against Division I Duquesne University on Thursday, April 13 at 11:45 a.m.
The 11th-ranked Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team traveled to Cleveland on Saturday, April 8 to take on the 12th-ranked Case Western Reserve Spartans.
The Tartans struggled a little in doubles, only gaining one point thanks to the efforts of sophomore Zoe Angell and first-year Anna Choe in the third spot winning 8-2. Though the Spartans took the first three points in singles play, sophomore Crystal Zhou in the second spot won 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 to start a small Tartan comeback, even though Case Western had already secured the win. First-year Anika Joshi won in the fifth spot 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-1. In the sixth spot, Angell claimed the fourth Tartan point 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Dropping the match 5-4, The women’s tennis team now drops to a dual match record of 15-4. The team will next be taking on Allegheny College on Sunday, April 16 at a 10:00 a.m. start, followed by a match with Duquesne University at 2:00 p.m.
Men’s Track and Field
Members of the Carnegie Mellon men’s track and field team competed in the Westminster Invitation on Saturday, April 8.
In the 5,000-meter run, first-year Ryan Podnar crossed the finish line first with a time of 14:51.75. Right after him was junior Charlie Murphy with a time of 14:53.06. Third place belonged to senior Zachary Nowak with a time of 15:18.22. Tartans also claimed the top three spots of the 800-meter run. Junior Alex Ivanov took first with a time of 1:52.83; senior Leland Davies took second with a time of 1:53.58; junior Jackson Woods crossed the line third with a time of 1:56.72. In the 400-meter hurdles, junior Andrew McGovern won with a time of 52.83. In the 200-meter dash, senior Alexander Halkias won with a time of 21.88. Sophomore Seth Williams took first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:01.95 while first-year Kenji Tella took third, crossing the line in 10:09.30. First-year Gaven Williams placed second in the 400-meter race with a time of 50.48. In the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Gaven Williams, Favies, Ivanov, and McGovern placed first with a time of 3:20.91.
A number of field athletes also placed in their events. In the pole vault, first-year Christian Duckworth cleared 4.21 for first place while sophomore Casey Potrebic placed second after clearing 4.06 meters. In the hammer throw, sophomore Cody Breidenbach took second with a throw of 52.05 meters. Senior Bailey O’Malley took third in shot put and discus with marks of 15.22 meters and 42.13 meters, respectively. Sophomore Sebastian Sanso took third in the triple jump with a mark of 12.46 meters and cleared the bar at 1.90 meters, respectively.
The next meet for the men’s track and field team will be the Carnegie Mellon Last Chance Meet on Thursday, April 13.
Women’s track and field
A number of Tartans from the women’s track and field team competed in the Westminster Invitation on Saturday, April 9.
Junior Isabella Rhee was the first to finish in the 400-meter race with a time of 59.95. In the 5,000-meter run, sophomore Alyssa Hoffman took first with a time of 18:02.04 while sophomore Lauryn McKenna took third with a time of 18:20.40. Senior Samantha Giordani won both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash with times of 12.57 and 25.64, respectively. In the 800-meter run, seniors Kavya Tummalapalli and Mona Yuan took second and third, respectively, with times of 2:18.16 and 2:19.70. Sophomore Norah Czajka crossed the line in 12:24.46 during the 3,000-meter steeplechase to earn third place. The 4x400-meter relay team of Rhee, Yuan, Tummalapalli, and junior Emily Lannen finished first with a time of 4:05.81.
The women’s track and field team will next compete at the Carnegie Mellon Last Chance Meet on Thursday, April 13.