Men’s cross country wins invite

Last Saturday the men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Waynesburg to compete at the Waynesburg Invitational.
The men’s team took home a first-place finish out of 15 teams, dominating the competition with 40 points, 14 points better than the second-place Allegheny College.

The women’s team finished with 240 points, which was good enough for a 10th-place tie with Geneva College out of a field of 14 teams. Dickinson College won the women’s race with 44 points.

The weather was foggy and cool, which made for good running conditions. The largely flat course will be the site of the 2006 NCAA Mideast Regional title. Carnegie Mellon used Saturday’s race to get used to the grassy course before the championship meet, which will take place in November.

Men’s cross country

Sophomore Brian Harvey led the Tartans to victory, finishing the 8K race second overall with a time of 26:14.71.

Finishing behind Harvey was first-year Dario Donatelli, who made his collegiate debut running a time of 26:22.32 — good enough for third place overall. Donatelli is the son of cross country head coach Dario Donatelli. Coach Donatelli graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 1981 and was a tremendous runner during his college years. He received All-American honors and led the Tartans to the NCAA Mideast Regional title.

“Dario had a great performance for his first collegiate race,” said senior captain Geoff Misek. “We knew he would be one of the top freshmen, but I don’t know if anyone expected him to race quite as well as he did. It was just a great race for him.”

Finishing third for the Tartans was sophomore Brett Fresen, who finished eighth overall with a time of 26:50.42. Misek and sophomore Andrew Frederickson followed with times of 27:08.80 and 27:12.21, respectively. Misek and Frederickson finished 13th and 14th overall.
Sophomore Ryan Anderson finished 16th overall with a time of 27:17.53, and first-year Sean Hamilton came in 25th place with a time of 27:35.37.

On Saturday the men’s team will split up, with some of the team traveling to Penn State and the rest of the team traveling at St. Vincent.

Women’s cross country

Over the 6K course, the duo of sophomore Carolyn Clayton and first-year Danielle Sedlack led the Tartans. Clayton finished first for the team with a time of 24:41.2, placing 22nd overall. Sedlack followed Clayton to finish second for the Tartans.

“Danielle and I worked really well together, and we really pushed each other all the way to the end,” Clayton said.

“I personally was pleased with my own performance since I had never ran longer than a 5K in high school,” Sedlack said.

Behind Clayton and Sedlack, senior Jerri Castillo ran a time of 25:53.8 and finished third for the team. Junior Carrie Kmetzo and sophomore Chrissy Krutz followed with times of 26:05.9 and 26:08.05, respectively. Senior captain Stefani Penn finished sixth on the team with a time of 26:26.4. First-year Anna Lenhart rounded out the Tartans’ top seven with a time of 26:37.8.

The women’s team will join some of the men’s team in St. Vincent on Saturday for a race scheduled at 10:30 a.m.