Track and field team finishes strong again

This past Saturday, Carnegie Mellon’s track and field team continued its season by participating in Bucknell University’s Winter Classic. Teams from all divisions participated, and the Tartans managed to rise to the top.

On the women’s side, first-year Jacqueline Guevel had a fantastic meet, winning the 60-meter hurdles and taking home fifth in the 60-meter dash, with times of 9.06 and 7.95 seconds, respectively. Fellow first-year Maritina Tsembelis also proved her ability to be a top performer, finishing fourth in the 3,000-meter run in 10:29.56, closely followed by teammate junior Christine Warner, who took sixth in 10:39.93. Continuing the distance success, senior Courtney Baker took fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:20.68. Baker and senior Laura McKee both went home with career bests in the mile, with times of 5:09.48 and 5:14.41, finishing sixth and eighth in the event, respectively.

On the field, senior Morgan Faer took seventh in the weight throw with a distance of 12.7 meters, a career best. Senior Melissa Hwang earned fourth in the triple jump with a career best of 10.22 meters.

As for the men, on the track, sophomore Daniel Ching took sixth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.46 seconds. Senior Dustin Musselman placed fourth in the 400-meter dash in 50.97. Senior Nate Bussiere took second in the 3,000-meter run, finishing the race in 8:30.13, winning by a mere 0.2 seconds.

In addition, sophomore Evan Gates came in seventh in the 3,000 with a time of 8:40.00. Junior Rob Morhard scored a fourth-place finish in the mile with a time of 4:21.00, while first-year Ken Murphy finished seventh in 4:25.41. Finally, senior J.P. Allera finished fourth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:30.84.

Over on the field, junior Ryan Kissell took fifth in the long jump, clearing 6.54 meters. First-year Nathan Cheek finished fifth in the weight throw, while first-year Zachary Erra-Hernandez placed 12th in the shot put, with distances of 15.84 and 13.44 meters, respectively.

Look for the Tartans next Saturday, when they will compete at Kent State University in their final meet before the University Athletic Association Championships.