Track, field jump starts indoor track at Kent State

The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Kent State University Saturday to compete at the Doug Raymond Invitational for their season’s first indoor meet with competition against 39 Division I, II, and III schools.

Last summer, Kent State installed the new Mondo FTX track surface used at the Beijing Olympics, which makes their field house the only indoor facility in the nation to have such a running surface.

Head coach Dario Donatelli was pleased with the results and especially proud of the first-years competing in their first collegiate meet.

For the men, junior Chris Bogie took 23rd in the 400-meter dash in a time of 51.53 with fellow classmate senior Stephano Dubuc trailing behind with a 25th finish in a time of 52.22.

Senior Ryan Anderson ran a 4:28.83 mile to place 14th in the race. First-year Rob Morhard finished 11th in the 800-meter run in 1:57.72 and sophomore J.P. Allera placed the same in the 5000-meter run with a time of 16:29.45.

Unsurprisingly, senior Brian Harvey took the spotlight for the Tartans with a solid fifth-place finish in the 3000-meter race with a 8:38.1 time.

For the field events, junior James Huley placed 22nd in the weight throw event making a distance of 13.56 meters and first-year Anthony Hernandez placed right after with a toss of 13.55 meters.

For the women, in her first collegiate meet, first-year Chelsea Grindle set a school record in the long jump with 5.08 meters to take 10th place.

Senior Carolyn Clayton finished the mile run in the 15th standing with a time of 5:38.61, and junior Diane Mattingly placed 20th in the 400-meter dash in 1:01.96.

First-years Christine Warner and Cassie Wallace ran the 3000-meter with times of 11:18.96 and 11:20.75 to finish 18th and 19th, respectively. Sophomore Melissa Hwang made a 9.69-meter triple jump to land an eighth-place finish.

Carnegie Mellon track and field next competes this Saturday at Denison University.