Tartans Tied for Third After Day 1 of UAA Indoor Championships

Tartans Tied for Third After Day 1 of UAA Indoor Championships

(WALTHAM, Mass.) – The Carnegie Mellon University women's indoor track and field team competed at the first day of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Championships on Saturday, February 25 held on the campus of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. After the first day of competition the Tartans are tied for third place with 26 points.

For the second straight week and fourth time this season, senior Grace Yee (San Francisco, Calif./Lick-Wilmerding) set the school record in the pole vault. She cleared the bar on Saturday at 3.77 meters to place second on a judges decision and topped her height of 3.71 meters set last weekend.  

In the weight throw, junior Kiersten Chuc (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista) earned a career-best toss of 14.90 meters and placed fourth. Sophomores Autumn Hair (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) and Debarati Bhanja (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) earned team points in the long jump for the Tartans, as Hair placed fourth and Bhanja fifth. Hair leapt 5.07 meters while Bhanja jumped 5.06 meters.

Junior Aparna Alavilli (Hanover , N.H./Hanover) ran the 5,000-metr run in a career-best time of 18:08.52 to finish fourth. Also on the track, the distance medley relay team of freshman Rachel Reolfi (North Canton, Ohio/Canton Central Catholic), senior Sarah Cook (Pittsburgh, Pa./Hampton), sophomore Rose Ciriello (Madison, N.J./Madison) and freshman Kate Reilly (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) ran to a fourth-place finish with a time of 12:37.92.

The UAA Indoor Track and Field competition will resume Sunday, February 26 at 10:00 a.m.