Track, field performs strong at meet

Senior Joel Palko placed 17th at the meet with a 11.35-meter triple jump. (credit: Courtesy of Chuck Steenburgh) Senior Joel Palko placed 17th at the meet with a 11.35-meter triple jump. (credit: Courtesy of Chuck Steenburgh)

This past weekend, the Carnegie Mellon track and field teams kicked off their outdoor seasons by competing in the unscored Washington and Lee-Virginia Military Institute Carnival, competing against other Division I, II, and III programs including both co-hosts, Messiah College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Duquesne University. Despite the poor weather conditions, both the men’s and women’s teams saw several strong individual performances, especially in the long-distance races.

For the men’s team, senior Ryan Anderson dominated the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:28.34. Behind Anderson, junior Chris Rizzo followed to finish in 10th place with a time of 10:13.66. Sophomore Nate Bussiere had a busy day, taking sixth overall in the 1500-meter run (4:02.22) and 15th in the 800-meter run (1:59.50).

In the 5000-meter run, senior Brian Harvey led the team and finished first overall with a time of 14:51.30. Sophomore J.P. Allera also excelled in his event, the 10,000-meter run, taking first overall with a time of 31:29.26.

In the 400-meter hurdles, senior Craig Hahn and sophomore Pat O’Brien took second (56.10) and ninth (58.38), respectively. Hahn also finished second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.70.

In the jumping events, junior Chris Bridgman placed first with 4.33 meters in the pole vaults. Sophomore Dan Melamed cleared 3.88 meters to take fourth overall. In the triple jump, junior Eric Couphos and first-year Ryan Kissell finished seventh (12.73 meters) and 10th (12.08 meters), respectively. O’Brien jumped 1.78 meters to take sixth in the high jump.

Junior James Hulley had an impressive day, placing second in the shot put (15.13 meters) and fifth in the discus throw (41.26 meters). In the discus throw, first-year Anthony Hernandez and senior Chris Fornataro finished sixth (39.62 meters) and ninth (38.58 meters), respectively. Hernandez had another strong performance in the hammer throw, taking third overall with 46.83 meters.

On the women’s side, there were many highlight performances. Junior Diane Mattingly placed third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.40. Junior Crystal LeePow and first-year Luci Laffitte took fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 400-meter hurdles. Laffitte also placed fourth in the high jump with 1.48 meters.

“I think I ran well today. I took off about four seconds from my previous best time,” LeePow said. “However, the weather conditions were poor. It was constantly raining and the track meet had a lot of delays because of timer problems.”

In the 1500-meter run, sophomores Courtney Baker and Laura McKee finished sixth (4:53.76) and 11th (5:01.06), respectively.

Senior Chrissy Krutz placed fourth in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 43:00.61.

In the 100-meter dash, senior Emily Giacomarra placed 10th overall with a time of 14.21. Senior Ashley Rothwell had a solid day, finishing ninth in the javelin throw with 28.11 meters and seventh in the shot put with 10.30 meters.

The women’s 4x400-meter “A” team also put up good numbers, finishing second with a time of 4:10.32.

Although very few of the new underclassmen ran this weekend, they are expected to play a larger role in next week’s meet. The Tartans will resume their schedule this Friday at Washington and Jefferson College.