Tartans Win 2015 Denison Lid-Lifter

Tartans Win 2015 Denison Lid-Lifter

(GRANVILLE, Ohio) - The Carnegie Mellon University men's track and field won the Lid-Lifter Invitational held at Denison University on Saturday, January 24 in a field comprised of 12 teams.  The Tartans ended the day with 111.5 team points with Muskingum, the second-place team, tallying 88 points.

For the second straight race, senior Thomas Vandenberg (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck) took first in the 800-meter run.  He topped his time from a week ago by .85 seconds when he crossed in 1:54.09 Saturday afternoon. The 800 race proved to be the Tartans best event of the day, as the Cardinal and Gray collected points after claiming third through sixth as well.  Junior Marc-Daniel Julien (Skokie, Ill./Niles West) and sophomore Owen Norley (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Kenston) finished third and fourth with times of 1:58.34 and 2:00.74 followed by junior  Thomas Mayo-Smith (Rye, N.Y.) (2:00.91) and freshman Evan Larrick (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) (2:01.77).

Carnegie Mellon also turned in a great showing in the 3,000-meter run earning points after placing third, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth.  Pacing the Tartans was junior Brian Bollens (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) with a personal-best time of 9:04.90.  Senior Josh Antonson (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) (9:09.05) placed fifth, sophomore William Casazza (Barrington, R.I.) (9:13.72 sixth, senior Elliot Watson (Lebanon, Ohio/Miami Valley School) (9:18.03) seventh and sophomore Gordon Pace (Orlando, Fla./Trinity Prep) (9:20.06) eighth.

Junior Curtis Watro (Audubon, Pa./Methacton) finished second in the mile with a time of 4:28.14 while senior Eamon Cullinane (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet) crossed in sixth with a time of 4:37.98.

Sophomore Don Boyer (Dover Foxcroft, Maine/Foxcroft Academy) and junior Zach Dell (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) earned points for the Tarans in the 60-meter hurdles.  Boyer finished second with a time of 9.12 and Dell crossed in 9.58 to place seventh.  Boyer also claimed seventh place in the long jump with a leap of 6.01 meters.  

In the 60-meter dash, sophomore Andrew Chang (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) crossed with a time of 7.27 to place sixth.

The last event saw the Tartans claim the top spot in the distance medley relay, as the team comprised of Cullinane, senior Ben Walker (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) and freshmen Ani Ramakrishnan (Davis, Calif.) and Joseph Pickens (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg Coventry) crossed with a time of 10:56.25.

In the field events, freshman Kevin Wainczak (South Brunswick, N.J.) placed fourth in the pole vault after clearing 3.81 meters.  Sophomore Kyle Weaver (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay School) cleared the bar at 3.51 meters and junior Victor Yan (Irvington, N.Y.) cleared 3.36 meters to place sixth and eighth, respectively.  Freshmen Shane Conton (Atlanta, Ga./North Atlanta) and Jacob Schofel (Livingston, N.J.) each turned in six-place finishes.  Conton recorded a leap of 12.26 meters in the triple jump while Schofel record a toss of 11.97 meters in the weight throw.  

The Tartans will be in action again on Saturday, January 31 when they travel to Case Western Reserve University.