Track, field dominates Denison meet Saturday

Carnegie Mellon found itself well represented at the Denison University Lid-Lifter in Granville, Ohio last Saturday, with both the men’s and women’s teams dominating the track and field meet.

In the women’s 55-meter hurdles, first-year Luci Laffiette took second place with a time of 9.52 seconds followed by senior Emily Giacomarra with a time of 9.77. On the men’s side, senior Craig Hahn finished the 55-meter hurdles second in 8.29 seconds.

The mile run event saw a Tartan sweep as first-year Elizabeth Stern crossed the finish line with a time of 5:26.47; following behind, senior Carolyn Clayton placed second and first-year Christine Warner placed third, 5:36.05 and 5:39.96 respectively. The men showed almost equal domination with senior Brian Harvey running the top time (4:20.52) and first-year Rob Morhard taking a respectable fourth with a 4:25.54 time.

At the 55-meter dash event, the Tartans cleaned up second, third, and fourth with first-years Chelsea Grindle and Ivana Moses taking times of 8.00 and 8.03, respectively, followed by junior Rotimi Abimbola in 8.10 seconds.

The Tartans also dominated the 400-meter dash in both the men’s and women’s events, with junior Diane Mattingly taking first (1:02.81) and senior Stephano Dubuc grabbing a time of 52.05. Junior Chris Bogie finished milliseconds later with a time of 52.20 to take second place.

In the women’s 800-meter dash, sophomore Courtney Baker finished second in 2:28.36.

Junior Anna Lenhart and sophomore JP Allera claimed first-place finishes in the women’s and men’s 300-meter run in times of 11:20.78 and 8:49.97, respectively. Following Allera, classmate Josh Eickmeirer finished in 9:10.60.

In the 2x400 meter relay, the men’s team grabbed third place with a collective time of 4:45.65. The women ran slightly better in their race, grabbing second in 1:53.74. The men’s team also nabbed first in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:29.13.

Proving herself yet again, Laffitte claimed first place in the high jump with a 1.57m finish.

In pole vaulting, first-years Marie Doyle and Cecily Sunday tied for second with a 2.74m height. Also putting in an outstanding performance was junior Chris Bridgeman with a height of 4.11m and sophomore Dan Melamed grabbing second with a height of 3.96m.

Grindle took first in the long jump with a distance of 5.00m while Moses took third with a final distance of 4.69m. The men took the same places with sophomore Mike Tomovich jumping 6.34m and first-year Ryan Kissel jumping 6.01m. The Tartans also did well in the triple jump, with Grindle taking first with a 10.51m distance and sophomore Melissa Hwang jumping into second place with a 9.81m distance.

In shot put, senior Ashley Rothwell took third with a 10.17m throw. The men also finished well with junior James Hulley in first place with a 14.72m throw and senior Chris Fornataro in third with a 12.80m throw.

The Tartans will be back home in Gesling Stadium this Saturday, playing host to Case Western Reserve University.