Tartans Win 10th Annual Battle of the Obelisk

Tartans Win 10th Annual Battle of the Obelisk

(CLEVELAND, Ohio) - The Carnegie Mellon University men's indoor track and field team traveled to Cleveland Ohio on Saturday to compete against Case Western Reserve in the 10th annual Battle of the Obelisk. The men swept two events, while claiming nine to spots, to beat the Spartans 74-62. The women scored 65 points to give Carnegie Mellon the 2018 title of the Obelisk Trophy by a combined score of 139-133, marking the second straight season the Tartans won.

The Tartans swept the top three spots in the shot put with freshman Bram Miller (Colgate, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) winning the event with a mark of 14.41 meters. Senior Jacob Schofel (Livingston, N.J./Livingston) placed second with a toss of 13.57 meters while junior Julian Nelson (Upper Marlboro, Md./Archbishop Carroll) recorded a mark of 13.38 meters to take third.

The second sweep for the Tartans also came in the field events with Cardinal and Gray taking the top three spots in the pole vault. Freshman Alex Liu (Amber, Pa./Upper Dublin) cleared the bar at 4.18 meters followed by senior Tommy Mansfield (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) and freshman Jack Murphy (Ithaca, N.Y./Trumansburg) at 4.03 meters. Mansfield took second on a judges decision.

Schofel won the weight throw with a distance of 15.78 meters. The Tartans claimed two other top spots in field events with junior Reed Farber (Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) clearing the bar in the high jump at 1.90 meters. His win sealed the Obelisk Trophy for the Cardinal and Gray as the high jump was the last event of the day. The other win was claimed by senior Eloy Fernandez (San Jose, Calif./Lynbrook) in the triple jump. The senior leapt an indoor school record of 13.80 meters while sophomore Fred Dauphin (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman) marked at 13.11 meters to place second.

On the track, junior Kevin Cory (Frederick, Md./Urbana) edged out Sam Merriman by 0.38 seconds to win the 5,000-meter run. Cory crossed the line with a career-best time of 15:17.07. In the mile run, junior Andrew Harter (Saratoga, Calif.) and sophomore Liam Walsh (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) finished first and second. Harter crossed in 4:25.28 and Walsh in 4:25.61.

Freshman Marvin Bennett Jr. (Baltimore, Md./Phillips Exeter Academy) continued his stellar collegiate career on the track with another top finish in the 60-meter dash, as he crossed in 7.16. He also placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.43.

The distance medley relay team of junior Mark Moody (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill), sophomores Evan Yukevich (Tokyo, Japan/American School in Japan) and Josh Kalapos (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) along with freshman Grant Johnson (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) won in 10:53.01.

The Tartans will next compete at the Denison Bob Shannon Invite on February 3 in Granville, Ohio.