CMU sports round up: women's track and field set two new records

Men’s Basketball

On Jan. 22, the Tartans hosted #22 Washington University in Wiegend Gymnasium. Though WashU opened with an early 7-2 lead, the Tartans scored 16 straight, taking an 18-7 lead. However, the Bears would attempt to retake the lead, getting within six points two more times during the first half. However, the Tartans closed out the half with nine more points to the Bears’ two, making it 35-22 at the half.

Coming back on the court, Carnegie Mellon took two three-pointers, making it 41-22. However, a series of runs from both followed. WashU had a 10-2 run, making it 43-32 with 13:35 left in the game. For the next four minutes, the teams scored fairly equally, putting the score at 54-43. However, another Bears run would bring them to just a point behind the Tartans, 58-57. Thanks to a large effort in the last five minutes, the Tartans were able to secure a 71-58 victory.

The Tartans, however, wouldn’t see the same success when they traveled to New York University on Jan. 27. Despite opening the game with a 6-0 lead, the Tartans would quickly fall behind the Violets, 11-8. A long run from NYU for the rest of the half had the scoreboard reading 39-19 at the break.

Another run from the Violets at the start of the second half had the Tartans behind by 36 with just over nine minutes left in play, 69-33. Though the Tartans outscored the Violets in the rest of the game, it wasn’t enough to make a comeback, with the scoreboard reading 79-55 Violets at the end.

The men’s basketball team is now 11-6, with a 3-3 conference record. They’ll be looking to make a comeback against NYU when they host them in Wiegand Gymnasium on Friday, Feb. 3 for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

Women’s Basketball

Looking to break their losing streak, the Carnegie Mellon women’s basketball team took on Washington University on Sunday, Jan. 22. The game opened with a daily close score, with both teams at seven halfway through the first quarter. However Washington would soon pull ahead, recording 17 to the Tartans’ 12 by the end of the first quarter. A Bears run at the open of the second quarter would put them even further ahead, 25-15. The Tartans would continue to fall behind, with the scoreboard reading 40-27 at the end of the first half.

The third quarter would be a totally different story for The Tartans, though. Thanks to the Tartans hitting 42.9 percent from the floor in the third quarter, they came within three points of the Bears at the end of the quarter, 53-50. A three-pointer from sophomore Catherine Or at the start of the third quarter tied the game for the first time since the first quarter, with the Tartans later taking their first lead, 67-66. However, the Bears would score seven straight and the Tartans were only able to come within one. The Bears converted two free throws at the end of the game, giving them a 77-74 win over the Tartans.
On the road, the Tartans traveled to New York University to take on the sixth-ranked team on Friday, Jan. 27. The Tartans weren’t able to find an early rhythm, falling behind 23-9 by the end of the first quarter. However, they were able to keep it just under even in the second quarter, scoring 15 to the Violet’s 19, making it 42-24. They would be able to outscore NYU in the third quarter, but eventually fell behind again in the fourth quarter. As the clock hit zero for the last time, the scoreboard read 77-52, giving the Tartans their sixth straight loss.

These losses have put the women’s team at 9-8 for the season and 0-6 in conference play. They will be looking to make a comeback against NYU when they host them on Friday, Feb 3 for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.

Men’s Track and Field

The Carnegie Mellon men’s indoor track and field team traveled to New Concord, Ohio this past Saturday, Jan. 28 to compete in the Muskingum Meet. A total of nine teams competed, and the Tartans placed third.

In the 400-meter run, junior Andrew McGovern and senior Alex Halkias placed first and third, respectively, with times of 50.36 and 52.99. Halkias also took fifth in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line in 22.76. In the 800-meter run, senior Leland Davies took first with a time of 1:58.25 while sophomore teammate Sean Dutton took second with a time of 1:59.44. Senior Verne Garin took fifth in the 60-meter dash, finishing in 7.14.

In the high jump, sophomore Sebastian Sanso placed second, clearing the bar at 1.85 meters. First-year Christian Duckworth took second for the Tartans in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 4.40 meters. In the shot put, senior Bailey O’Malley took third with a mark of 14.63 meters. Sophomore Luke Blackwell took third in the triple jump, getting a mark of 13.22 meters.

The men’s team will next be competing on Saturday, Feb. 4 when they head to Case Western for the Battle for the Obelisk.

Women’s Track and Field

The Carnegie Mellon women’s indoor track and field team also took part in the Muskingum Meet on Saturday in New Concord, Ohio. Out of the 12 competing teams, the Tartans took second with 155 points.

Senior Samantha Giordani took first in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes with times of 7.78 and 25.32, respectively. Her 60-meter dash time broke the school record that she also held. In the 800-meter run, senior Kavya Tummalapalli and first years Jacqueline Liu and Maragaret Ann Healy took the top three spots, respectively, with times of 2:23.87, 2:27.23, and 2:30.63. Junior Isabella Rhee took first for the Tartans in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:01.70. Sophomore Alyssa Hoffman took third in the 3,000-meter run, crossing the finish line in 10:28.70. Sophomore Allison Silva took third in the 60-meters hurdles with a time of 10.05.

In the shot put, sophomore Katie Monahan topped her previous school record, earning her first with a mark of 12.58 meters. Senior Liz Barre took first in the high jump, clearing 1.62 meters. In the long jump, senior Serena Li took second with a mark of 4.98 meters. In the triple jump, sophomore Jocelyn Kiefel took second with a mark of 10.63 meters while first-year Iniyaa Mohanraj claimed third with a distance of 10.30 meters.

The Tartans will next be traveling to Case Western on Saturday, Feb. 4 for the Battle of the Obelisk.