Men's track finishes second at UAAs; women sixth

Battling through inclement weather, the men?s and women?s track teams continued to impress during their outdoor campaigns. The men?s team placed second of seven teams, just 23 points behind champion Washington. The women placed fifth in the competitive division.
This past weekend marked the end of the track season for athletes not moving on to national competition. The UAA Track and Field Championships of 2005 were hosted by Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
Carnegie Mellon made a strong showing on the first day of competition, demonstrating their ability to produce results in crunch time. After several months of development and improvement, the Tartans have proven that they are one of the most competitive teams in the conference.
The men started off the meet by scoring in several field events on the first day of competition. In the high hump, senior Matt Dalka, the UAA indoor champion, cleared 1.76m for a sixth-place finish. Sophomore Eric Tang, jumped a distance of 6.52m in the long jump to finish in fourth place.
Both the men and women?s weight events have been a strength of the Tartan track program for years. This season, the team experienced a season with record-breaking performances. In the women?s hammer throw, senior Katie Marcoux threw 37.72m, giving her a third-place finish overall. Senior Karoline Evans finished slightly behind Marcoux with a fifth-place throw of 36.72m.
Three of the women walked away with points in the shot put as well. Sophomore Becky Metler, who has continued to improve with the progression of the season, finished in third place with a throw of 11.27m.
Junior Tom Matta, who has been breaking school records throughout the year, continued his strong performance in the men?s weight events. In the hammer throw, he threw 46.98m to give him a second-place finish for the day. He also finished second in the shot put with his throw of 13.92m.
After the field events, runners competed in heats to determine qualifiers for the finals, held on Sunday. On the day of preliminaries, graduate student Nik Bonaddio led the pack with a 48.74 qualifying time in the 400m dash. In the 200m dash, Bonaddio and teammate, sophomore Russel Verbofsky, qualified for the next day of competition with respective first and fourth-place qualifying times. Junior Jocelyn Sikora finished the
women?s 800m preliminary run with a time of 2:20.69, which was good enough for her to qualify her in second place for Sunday.
Junior K.J. Helmsetter started the day off strong for the women?s team with a fifth-place finish in the 3000m steeplechase. Sikora had a busy second day, taking third in the 1500m run and fourth in the 800m. Junior Dana Irrer came up just short in the men?s 1500m, closing in second place by just over a second.

In the sprinting events, the men responded with a third-place finish in a strong 4x100m relay finals, where the second and fifth place teams were only separated by .18 seconds. Hurdlers Nick Bannister and first-year Kiley Williams continued their strong season-long performances by claiming second and third in the 110m hurdles. SophomoreTom Kuczynski finished sixth
In the 400m hurdle event, Williams ran a season-best 54.66, but came in second by .3 seconds. Dalka finished right behind him in third.
Bonaddio, coming off a strong preliminary time, came back Sunday to win the 400m dash, missing breaking his own UAA record by just .07 seconds. He then returned to beat the field in the 200m dash, finished first with Verbofsky in third place.
Bonaddio, Verbofsky, Williams, and sophomore Mark Davis return to dominate the field in the 4x400m relay, posting a time of 3:20.55.
In the distance events, senior Ethan Coffey placed second in the men?s 5000m run, and junior Nick End took first in the 10km run. For the women, junior Drea Garvue placed fourth in the 5000m event.

Editor?s Note: Drea Garvue is a member of the layout staff for The Tartan.