Track and field finish at the top

Senior Courtney Baker looks to pass the baton in a relay race. (credit: File Photo) Senior Courtney Baker looks to pass the baton in a relay race. (credit: File Photo)

This past weekend, Carnegie Mellon’s track and field team took a trip to Lexington, Va. to compete in the two-day VMI Carnival hosted by Washington and Lee University. Several Division III track and field programs attended the Carnival, including fellow UAA competitors Case Western Reserve University and Rochester University.

While the score was not announced, both the women and the men’s teams had top finishers in several events.

The women Tartans kicked off the invitational with a first place finish in the 1,500-meter run by senior Laura McKee, with a time of 4:48.50. McKee went on to win the 800-meter run with a time of 2:18.28.
Sophomore Emily Wobb and junior Christine Warner continued the trend of distance domination, placing second and fifth in the 5,000-meter run. Wobb’s time of 17:40.54 and Warner’s time of 18:26.52 were both personal bests.

Senior Kim Nederlof took fifth place in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.19, while junior Luci Laffitte finished fifth in the 200-meter dash in 27.61.

First-year Jacqueline Guevel kept the competition going strong when she won both the 100 and 400-meter hurdles, and with times of 14.83 and 1:03.79 her time in the 100 meter hurdles set a new school record.

In addition, both times provisionally qualify for the NCAA outdoor championships. Junior Ivana Moses placed fifth in the long jump, clearing 4.96 meters. To wrap things up, Laffitte, Guevel, Nederlof, and Moses set a new school record in the 4x100 meter relay, with a time of 50.81. The relay placed second overall.

On the men’s side, senior Nate Bussiere took home second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:56.49, less than a second behind the winner. Bussiere went on to finish fifth in the 800-meter run in 1:56.19. In the 5,000-meter run, junior Rob Morhard finished ninth with a time of 15:09.57. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, first-year Josh Newby made his debut by taking fifth with a time of 9:55.58. Fellow first-year Zachary Erra-Hernandez also made a strong impression, placing second in the discus, throwing 42.18 meters, while placing third in the shot put, clearing 13.75 meters.

First-year Nathan Cheek also competed well, placing fourth in the hammer throw and clearing 48.50 meters.

In the javelin throw, senior Dustin Musselman came in second, with a lifetime best of 55.54 meters.
In addition, Musselman ran the 400-meter dash and came in third with a time of 50.51. Sophomore Noel Titus scored placed in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.81.

The Tartans will next compete at Washington and Jefferson University this Saturday. The hammer events will begin on Friday.