Men’s track, field dominates Case Western Reserve, women fall behind

Last Saturday, the Carnegie Mellon track and field team continued its indoor season by competing against the Case Western Reserve University’s team in Cleveland, Ohio in a dual match. While the men’s team dominated the opponent with a 79–47 score, the women’s team lost 53–73. There are several reasons to be optimistic about the rest of the indoor and upcoming outdoor season because of the strong performances from the first-year students.

On the men’s team, sophomore Pat O’Brien led the team with a first-place finish (12.83 meters) in the triple jump. In the long jump, sophomore Mike Tomovich jumped 6.18 meters to take second place. Junior Chris Bridgman continued to excel, taking first in the pole vaults with 4.26 meters.

“[Last year] Eric Tang did a lot for the team in all the jumps and sprints. Hopefully between a few of us we can make up for him,” said Tomovich. “I kind of have his performances from last year in the back of my head to try to duplicate them, but that’s no easy task.”
In the sprinting events, senior Brian Harvey dominated and won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:58.47. First-year Rob Morhard followed to take second with a time of 2:01.04. Junior Chris Bogie finished first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23:29. Seniors Stephano Dubuc (52.36) and Craig Hahn (52.39) both ran well in the 400-meter, finishing first and second, respectively.

In the one mile run, senior Ryan Anderson (4:24.28) and sophomore Nathan Bussiere (4:26.14) took first and second, respectively. Sophomore J.P. Allera (15:31.83) and first-year Matt Jacob (15:44.14) easily finished first and second, respectively in the 5000-meter run.

Junior James Hulley threw for 15.32 meters to finish first in the shot puts while first-year Anthony Hernandez took first in the weight throws with 15.11 meters. The men’s distance medley team (10:31.98) and 4x400-meter relay “A” team (3:29.05) crushed their competition, taking first in both events.

For the women’s team, first-year Chelsea Grindle continued to build on her rookie success, taking first in the triple jump (10.75 meters) and long jump (5.71 meters). First-year Ivana Moses took second in both events with 10.66 meters and 5.01 meters, respectively.

“I’m hoping that with more meets, the more experience I will get jumping indoor so hopefully I’ll continue to progress,” said Grindle.

In the 55-meter hurdles, first-year Luci Laffitte finished first with a time of 9.22 with Grindle close behind with a second-place finish, 9.48. Laffitte also took first in the 200-meter sprint with a time of 28.13.

First-years Marie Doyle (2.89 meters) and Cecily Sunday (2.89 meters) placed first and second in the pole vaults. The women’s distance medley fell short to take second with a time of 13:04.26, but the 4x400-meter relay “A” team performed well to finish first with a time of 4:19.78.

Despite the addition of many new members, the Carnegie Mellon track and field team continues to gel together. “All of the upperclassmen are very supportive,” said Laffitte. “I also really enjoy bonding with the team on bus rides to meets.”
The track and field teams will resume their schedule this upcoming Friday at Slippery Rock University.