Runners race in St. Louis

Last Saturday, the men’s and women’s cross country teams raced at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships at Washington University in St. Louis. Out of the eight conference teams, the Tartan men placed fourth overall, while the women finished sixth.

The Carnegie Mellon men’s team finished with 104 points, behind New York University (NYU), Washington University, and Brandeis University. NYU won the men’s championship with 25 points. Washington and Brandeis tied for second place with 86 points.

The women’s team finished in sixth place with 157 points. Case Western Reserve University upset the heavily-favored third-ranked Washington University to win the team title with 39 points.

Men’s cross country

In the 8K race, sophomore Brian Harvey once again led the team, finishing fifth overall with a time of 25:39.74. Behind Harvey, sophomore Breck Fresen finished 13th overall with a time of 26:12.32.

“We flew out of Pittsburgh at 8:55 a.m. Friday morning, which meant we had to wake up around 6 a.m. that morning,” said Harvey. “We then had a short layover in Chicago’s Midway Airport and then flew to St. Louis. Traveling the day before a meet is definitely not ideal and can take a lot off your legs for the race.”

First-year Dario Donatelli and senior captain Geoff Misek finished third and fourth for the Tartans with times of 26:35.20 and 26:35.47, respectively.

Junior Jason Jura finished fifth for Carnegie Mellon with a time of 26:47.13. Sophomores Mike Haley and Ryan Anderson finished with times of 26:51.20 and 26:56.45, respectively, to round out the top seven.

Prior to the race, the Tartans were ranked 19th in Division III and were ranked to finish second in the UAA championships. “Overall, we were not happy with our team’s performance in the race,” Harvey said. “We don’t like to make excuses as to why we didn’t run as well as we would have liked.”

The men’s team will return to Waynesburg on Saturday, November 11, to compete in the NCAA Division III Mideast Regionals.

Women’s cross country

Two first-years, Danielle Sedlack and Hallie Espel, led the Tartans, finishing 20th and 25th overall with times of 23:58.03 and 24:07.53, respectively.

“Being in St. Louis after the Cardinals won the World Series was such an amazing experience,” Sedlack said. “People were chanting, dancing, drinking, and celebrating through the streets. For me, the World Series experience made me even more excited for my run the next day.”

Sophomore Carolyn Clayton and senior Jerri Castillo finished third and fourth for the team, crossing the line at 24:38.41 and 24:41.39, respectively.

Finishing fifth and sixth for the team, junior Carrie Kmetzo and first-year Anna Lenhart ran times of 25:12.45 and 25:36.90, respectively. Sophomore Chrissy Krutz rounded out the top seven with a time of 25:38.47.

All of the top seven runners for the women’s team ran personal best times in the 6K race. “We thought that the partying by the Cards fans would keep us up at night, but it didn’t seem to cause any devastating effect,” said Sedlack.

The women’s team will join the men’s team at Waynesburg on Saturday, November 11.