(CLEVELAND, Ohio) - The Carnegie Mellon University women's indoor track and field team lost a close battle to Case Western Reserve in the 10th annual Battle of the Obelisk on Saturday. The Tartans were outscored by the Spartans 71-65 despite taking first-place in eight events with four coming from junior Debarati Bhanja (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany). The women's score helped win the trophy with a combined score of 139-133 with the men's team.
Bhanja started the day with a top finish in the long jump with a distance of 4.98 meters. The junior then crossed first in the 60-meter dash with a career-best time of 8.17 before winning the 200-meter dash in 26.72. She then teamed with senior Sarah Cook (Pittsburgh, Pa./Hampton), sophomore Joanna Baranowski (Syosset, N.Y.) and freshman Valerie Reiling (Concord, Mass./Concord Carlisle Regional) to win the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:06.81.
Two Tartans finished behind Bhanja in the 60-meter dash and 200-meters dash, as junior Claire Yuan (San Jose, Calif./Lynbrook) crossed the line in 8.24 in the 60-meter to place second and Cook finished second in the 200-meter with a time of 27.08. Cook also turned in a top finish when she turned in a time of 59.63 in the 400-meter dash.
Carnegie Mellon swept the top three spots in the mile run with sophomore Kate Reilly (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) winning the event in 5:23.77. Junior Wade Lacey (Albany, N.Y./The Albany Academies) and sophomore Valerie Collins (Wellesley, Mass.) finished second and third, respectively, with times of 5:35.77 and 5:35.94.
Reilly was joined by junior Rose Ciriello (Madison, N.J./Madison) and sophomores Rachel Reolfi (North Canton, Ohio/Canton Central Catholic) and Vayda Farino (Scottdale, Pa./Southmoreland) in the distance medley to win the race with a time of 12:54.53.
Sophomore Michelle Karabin (Ruffs Dale, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic) won the pole vault after clearing the bar at 3.53 meters.
The Tartans will next compete at the Denison Bob Shannon Invite on February 3 in Granville, Ohio.