Sports Briefs

Women's Track & Field

The Carnegie Mellon University women’s track and field team entered the Dragon Grand Prix hosted by Tiffin University on Saturday, Feb. 10, for its fourth meet of the season. The Tartans won two events for the day in the unscored meet while two earned career-best marks.

Sophomore Valerie Collins won the mile race in a career-best time of 5:24.01, and junior Wade Lacey placed third in 5:30.29.

Senior Sarah Cook and junior Rose Ciriello finished 1-2 in the 800-meter run with times of 2:20.26 and 2:20.60.

First-year Isabelle Chickanosky earned second place in the 3,000-meter run after winning her heat in 10:56.76.Sophomore Leah Kendrick finished eighth in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.70.

In field events, sophomore Michelle Karabin finished sixth in the pole vault after clearing 3.40 meters. Senior Sarah Milholer also cleared 3.40 meters, a career best, and finished eighth after judge’s decision.

First-year Alessandra Tully tossed the weight throw, a career-best 3.81 meters, and the shot put, 9.19 meters, to lead the Tartans in both events.

Men's Track & Field

The Carnegie Mellon University men’s track and field team competed at the Tiffin University Dragon Grand Prix Invitational on Saturday. Senior Tommy Mansfield broke the school record in the pole vault after clearing a height of 4.60 meters. Mansfield’s height placed him fifth at the Grand Prix.

First-year Alex Liu cleared the bar at 4.30 meters, a season-best height, to place sixth. Also in the field events, sophomore Fred Dauphin turned in two sixth place finishes in the long and triple jumps. He recorded a mark of 6.25 meters in the long jump and 13.00 meters in the triple jump.

Senior Eloy Fernandez took fifth in the triple jump after leaping 13.12 meters.

Junior Isaac Mills crossed in 1:57.82 in the 800-meter run to win the event. The first-year duo of Matt Karee and Michael Cabral placed fourth and fifth in the mile run with both crossing in season-best times. Karee crossed in 4:26.46 and Cabral in 4:27.19.

In the 3,000-meter run, first-year Andrew Singh crossed in 9:07.38 to place seventh.

The Tartans will compete again on Friday, Feb. 16, at the Ohio State University Indoor Tune-Up Meet.

Women's Tennis

The Carnegie Mellon University women’s tennis team, ranked 10th in Division III, faced Division I Saint Francis University on Saturday, Feb 10.

The Tartans won the match, played by Division I rules, 4–3, and are now 6–1 for the season.

The Tartans earned the doubles point with a win at first doubles by sophomore Vinaya Rao and first-year Melissa Strome, 7–5, against Laura Gutierrez and Nastasia Tamarkin. The Red Flash had to default at third doubles, giving the Tartans the point.

In singles play, a default at sixth singles gave the Tartans a 2–0 lead. The Red Flash tied it at two-all with wins at first and third singles. Rao won at second singles, 7–6 (7–2), 7–5.

With the match in the balance, Strome picked up a come back victory at fifth singles, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3, to win the match for the Tartans.

Carnegie Mellon will next play Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Seton Hill University on Sunday, Feb. 25, also at The Club Sport and Health in Monroeville, PA.

Men's Tennis

The Carnegie Mellon University men’s tennis team hosted Division I Saint Francis University on Saturday, Feb. 10, defeating the Red Flash, 7–2. The Tartans are 4–1 for the year.

Junior Daniel Levine and first-year Kailas Shekar each won two matches for the Tartans while pairing up at first doubles to earn the first point of the match with a 6–4 win. After the Red Flash tied it with a win at second doubles, junior Chaz Downing and sophomore Nicholas Calzolano won 6–3 at third doubles to give the Tartans back the lead.

Levine and first-year Ray Boppana sandwiched wins in singles play with a loss for the Tartans at second singles to hold a 4–2 lead. Levine won at first singles, 7–5, 6–2, while Boppana won, 7–5, 6–1, at third singles.

Shekar earned match point at fourth singles with a 6–2, 6–2 win, his second against a Division I player in two straight matches.

Also winning for the Tartans was first-year Joshua Pinckney at sixth singles, 6–1, 6–1, and sophomore Robert Levin at fifth singles, 5–7, 6–1, 10–7.

The Tartans will next play at Youngstown State University on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. before going to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in St. Peter, MN on Feb. 23.