Track, field perform well at Bucknell Invitational, Kent State meet

The Carnegie Mellon track and field teams participated in the indoor Bucknell Winter Classic two weekends ago and competed in the unscored Kent State Tune-up indoor track meet last Saturday.
The Kent State Tune-up was an important meet for a several runners who were still trying to qualify for the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships.

At Bucknell, both the men and women faced tough competition that consisted of Division I, II, and III schools. While the men’s team dominated the long distance races, the women’s team saw several standout performances overall.

For the men, senior Brian Harvey easily led the team with a first-place finish in the 5000-meter run with a time of 14:50.85. Behind Harvey, sophomore J.P. Allera took second with a time of 15:25.60.
In the one-mile run, senior Ryan Anderson placed first with a time of 4:21.08. First-year Rob Morhard finished in a close second with a time of 4:23.66. In the 3000-meter run, junior Dario Donatelli took fourth with a time of 8:47.52. Sophomore Josh Eichmeier and first-year Matt Jacob finished 13th (9:02.24) and 17th (9:08.53), respectively.

“Due to a lack of pacing help from the field, I missed my goal by about four to five seconds,” said Anderson. “The win was nice, but I would have been happy with 10th [place] and a better time.”
Sophomore Nate Bussiere had a solid day, finishing fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:59.10. While junior Chris Bridgman took second in the pole vault with 4.35 meters, first-year Ryan Kissel jumped for 6.53 meters in the long jump to take fourth-place overall. Sophomore Pat O’Brien finished fourth in the triple jump with 12.90 meters.

In the 500-meter run, junior Chris Bogie placed fifth overall with a time of 1:07.85. Senior Craig Hahn finished 10th in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.76.

Junior James Hulley threw for 15.46 meters to take third in the shot put. First-year Anthony Hernandez (14.51 meters) and senior Chris Fornataro (13.94 meters) finished 12th and 15th, respectively in the weight throw.

For the women, first-year Ivana Moses broke the school record in the triple jump to finish fourth overall with 11.07 meters. First-year Chelsea Grindle continued to improve, finishing seventh in the long jump with 5.10 meters.

In the 400-meter race, junior Diane Mattingly finished 19th overall with a time of 1:04.25. First-year Liz Stern also had a good performance, finishing 10th in the one-mile run with a time of 5:28.55. Sophomore Courtney Baker had one of her best performances, taking fifth place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:22.76.

“For me, the one-mile run is so different than a cross country race — I’m still getting used to the indoor track mentality of being able to gauge giving your all in a shorter race,” said Stern.
Carnegie Mellon continued its success last Saturday at the Kent State meet in preparation for conference finals.

Bogie led the men’s team with a second-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.27. Hahn followed to finish eighth with a time of 40.71.

In the one-mile run, Harvey and Anderson finished with strong performances, taking second (4:14.26) and sixth (4:17.22), respectively. Harvey also took 19th in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.08. Bussiere finished 29th with a time of 1:59.70.

In the long distance races, Donatelli and Jacob took 11th (15:05.67) and 22nd (15:33.22), respectively. Allera and Morhard placed 20th (8:53.64) and 24th (8:59.85), respectively.

Hulley threw for 15.15 meters to finish ninth in the shot put while Fornataro took 20th in the weight throw with 14.43 meters. Sophomore Mike Tomovich finished 16th in the triple jump with 12.41 meters.

The women’s team faced some notable injuries, but the underclassmen stepped up for a solid meet. Fresh off her record-breaking performance last week, Moses continued to excel in the triple jump with 10.88 meters. Grindle followed with 10.53 meters to take 11th.

In the 3000-meter run, Stern put up a strong race, finishing seventh with a time of 10:40.42. Baker and sophomore Laura McKee took ninth and 20th overall in the 800-meter run with times of 2:22.88 and 2:27.16, respectively.

Junior Timi Abimbola and senior Emily Giacomarra took 14th (47.15) and 15th (48.09) overall in the 300-meter dash.

“I definitely think our team is much better this year,” said junior Crystal LeePow. “The underclassmen are really good. The new and the old members of the team need to step it up to perform well at the UAA.”

The Tartans will prepare for next weekend’s indoor UAA Championships at New York University.