Men’s cross country wins meet; women place third

Last Saturday, the men’s and women’s cross country teams raced at the Dickinson Invitational at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.

The men’s team outraced the other Division II and III schools to win the overall team title with 51 points. The men’s team also won the 8K team title with 31 points and finished second in the 4K race with 20 points. The women’s team also had an impressive day, finishing third out of 21 teams in the 4K race.

Men’s cross country

Sophomore Brian Harvey continued his remarkable season with a first-place overall finish in the 4K race. In his first collegiate win, Harvey finished the race with a time of 12:20.42.

“After my 8K, I had a great time watching Brian Harvey destroy the field in the 4K,” said sophomore Ryan Anderson. “Then to win two team awards wasn’t too rough either.”

Behind Harvey, sophomore Breck Fresen finished second for the team and sixth overall with a time of 12:32.51. First-year Dario Donatelli and sophomore Andrew Frederickson finished 13th and 33rd overall with times of 12:41.43 and 13:07.29, respectively.

“I didn’t know what to expect for the 4K,” said head coach Dario Donatelli. “They surprised me by running so well.”

In the 8K race, senior captain Geoff Misek led the team and finished sixth overall with a time of 26:53.99. “All season we had been waiting for Geoff to have his break-out race and today was definitely the day,” Harvey said.

First-year Sean Hamilton and junior Jason Jura finished second and third for the team with times of 27:08.30 and 27:16.19, respectively. Both finished the race with personal best times.

Sophomores Mike Haley and Ryan Anderson finished fourth and fifth on the team with times of 27:22.13 and 27:24.83, respectively. First-year Chris Rizzo and junior Mark Tressler rounded out the top seven as they finished with times of 27:39.36 and 27:44.43. Haley and Rizzo also had personal best times for the race.

“[The top runners] really stepped up,” Donatelli said. “They’re starting to make their move.”

The men’s cross country team returns home for the Carnegie Mellon Invitational on Saturday at Schenley Park. The invitation will feature 25 schools from all three divisions and Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s alumni teams. The race is expected to start at noon.

Women’s cross country

In the 4K race, first-year Hallie Espel led the team again by finishing 14th overall with a time of 15:52.52. Sophomore Carolyn Clayton and first-year Danielle Sedlack finished second and third for the team with times of 15:56.84 and 15:58.27, respectively.

Senior Jerri Castello finished fourth for the team with a time of 16:12.93. Junior Carrie Kmetzo and senior captain Stefani Penn finished fifth and sixth for the team with times of 16:26.23 and 16:27.57. First-year Anna Lenhart finished with a time of 16:46.16 to round out the top seven.

“Overall I think everyone had a solid performance. Most of us had never run a 4K before, but we definitely paced each other well,” Kmetzo said.
The women’s team will join the men’s team at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational on Saturday.