Indoor track and field has promising performance at Slippery Rock Invite

Last Friday, the Carnegie Mellon track and field men’s and women’s teams continued their indoor season by participating in the Slippery Rock Invitational. The unscored meet provided an opportunity for several new members to face some stiff competition.

The men’s team showed several promising performances across the board. Senior James Hulley led the team with a second-place finish in the shot put with 15.22 meters. First-year Alex Hernandez threw for 14.75 meters to take fifth in the weight throws.

Senior Joel Palko had one of his better performances, taking third in the triple jump (6.08 meters) and eighth in the long jump (12.57 meters). The Tartans dominated the 1609-meter run, led by sophomore John Briggulio, who took fourth with a time of 4:50.27. Behind Briggulio, junior Josh Finkle and sophomore Erik Kallenbach finished sixth (4:51.26) and seventh (4:53.16), respectively.

In the 200-meter dash, sophomore Casey Piper finished fifth with a time of 24.21. Junior Dan Burrows and sophomore Jonathan Matusky placed fifth (2:03.23) and ninth (2:08.83) in the 800-meter run, respectively. Sophomore Patrick O’Brien had a solid performance, taking sixth in the 55-meter hurdles.

On the women’s side, first-year Ivana Moses continued to shine, taking second in the triple jump with 10.64 meters. First-year Marie Doyle placed fourth and set a school record in the pole vault with 11.19 meters.

In the 200-meter dash, senior Sami Simmons led the team with an eighth-place finish with a time of 28.92. Sophomore Courtney Baker took second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:27.20. Senior Emily Giacomarra took seventh in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.75.

Senior Chrissy Krutz finished sixth in the 3000-meter run with a personal best time of 11:43.86. Behind Krutz, sophomore Danielle Morse finished ninth with a time of 12:08.11. In the weight throws, sophomore Morgan Faer threw for 11.19 meters to take ninth overall.

“It’s a little early to tell how this team compares with last year’s, but it seems that this year’s team has better chemistry and is willing to put in the work to defend our outdoor conference championship,” said sophomore Dan Melamed.

The track and field teams will resume their schedule this upcoming Saturday at Bucknell University.