Tartans Top the Track at First Meet at WVU

Tartans Top the Track at First Meet at WVU

(MORGANTOWN, W.Va.) – The Carnegie Mellon University men's indoor track and field team grabbed a couple top-three finishes at the West Virginia University Invitational Saturday, January 18.

Junior Eamon Cullinane (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet) led the Tartans with a first-place finish in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:00.20.  Finishing just behind him at fifth and sixth place, respectively, were fellow juniors Joe Pane (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) in 9:17.58 and Josh Antonson (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) in 9:20.58.

Carnegie Mellon continued their success, sweeping the 1000-meter run.  Marc-Daniel Julien (Skokie, Ill./Niles West) paced the group of runners crossing the finish line at 2:42.43 just ahead of the pack.  Fellow teammate and sophomore Thomas Mayo-Smith (Rye, N.Y./Rye) closed just behind Julien to take second place with a time of 2:42.77. Rounding out the top three spots, senior Mike Standish (Washington, Pa./Trinity) crossed the line at 2:46.79.

Other top finishers on the track included senior Ken Murphy (Carlisle, Pa./Cumberland Valley) who took third place in the mile run with a time of 4:27.88 and freshman Owen Norley (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Kenston) with a fifth place finish in the mile run with a time of 4:33.17. Norley closed in fifth place just before fellow teammate, junior George Degen (Madison, Wis./West) who passed the line with a time of 4:33.34. 

Freshman Don Boyer (Dover Foxcroft, Maine/Foxcroft Academy) grabbed a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles leaning across the line as the time hit 8.80.

The final top times on the track came from junior Ben Walker (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) in the 800-meter run as he was at the head of the pack and able to finish the race in second place with a time of 2:05.17.  For the final event of the day the 4x400-meter relay team of Norley, Mayo-Smith, Julien, and Standish grabbed another second-place finish with a time of 3:33.37.

The field events were led by freshman Kyle Weaver (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay School) and senior Zachary Erra-Hernandez (Las Cruces, N.M./Onate).  Weaver grabbed a fourth-place finish in the pole vault hitting a height of 4.25m.

Erra-Hernandez led the throwers taking a fourth-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 14.74m. Junior Gino Pilato (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield Area) and senior Nathan Cheek (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) took fifth and sixth place, respectively, with marks of 14.40 and 14.12.

Saturday marked the first competition for the Tartans of the year.  The next time the Tartans will compete is Friday, January 24 at the Youngstown State University Invitational in Youngstown, Ohio.