Cross country teams race at Penn State, St. Vincent

On Saturday the men’s and women’s cross country teams were back in action with the men splitting up to compete at Penn State and Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., and the women racing at Saint Vincent. The men’s top 14 runners traveled to Penn State to compete in the Spiked Shoe Invitational, finishing 11th overall out of 24 teams. The rest of the men’s team and the women’s team ran at the Saint Vincent Invitational, finishing fourth and third, respectively.

Men’s cross country

At Penn State, the men competed against Division I, II, and III schools. The Tartans finished 11th overall, but second out of the Division III schools behind Mount Union College.

Sophomore Brian Harvey had another strong race as he finished first for the team and 36th overall with a time of 27:05.35 over the 8K course. “Bryan ran very well for a first guy with some good runners,” said head coach Dario Donatelli, “so I was very pleased with that.”

First-year Dario Donatelli, the son of the coach, built on his success last week as well, finishing second for the team and 51st overall with a time of 27:31.95. Sophomore Breck Fresen and senior Geoff Misek finished third and fourth overall for the team with times of 27:50.40 and 28:07.60, respectively.

Junior Jason Jura had an impressive race as he placed fifth overall for the team with a time of 28:08.20. “The surprise today was Jason Jura, who ran excellently to come in fifth,” said sophomore Ryan Anderson.

Anderson and first-year Sean Hamilton finished sixth and seventh for the team with times of 28:24.70 and 28:27.00, respectively.

At Saint Vincent, the other half of the men’s team finished fourth overall out of 13 teams with 106 points. Geneva College won the men’s race with 54 points.

Senior Steve Kaplan led the Tartans with a time of 28:46, finishing fifth overall and first for the team. “I didn’t do any racing for the last nine months,” said Kaplan. “For me it’s just getting back into racing. Racing’s pretty much running yourself into the ground. It’s really how to push yourself that far.”

Behind Kaplan, sophomore Bill Lordan and junior Doug Fricker finished second and third, respectively, for the team with times of 29:47 and 29:49. This was the first appearance of the season for both Lordan and Fricker.

First-year Kelton Finch finished fourth on the team with a time of 30:35, and junior Dan Gordon followed Finch to finish fifth on the team with a time of 30:44. Junior Will Lutz and Brian Wilson finished sixth and seventh for the team with times of 31:05 and 31:17, respectively.

The men’s team will have a week off before traveling to Dickinson College for the Dickinson Invitational in two weeks.

Women’s cross country

The women’s team also performaned solidly, placing third overall out of 13 teams with 64 points at Saint Vincent. Saint Vincent finished second with 54 points, and Geneva College won the women’s race with 49 points.

First-year Hallie Espel had an impressive race, leading the women’s team with a time of 20:29. Espel, who did not run in last week’s race, finished sixth overall with her personal best time over the 5K course.
“She’s been working hard at practice,” said first-year Danielle Sedlack. “I was just glad to see that it paid off for her this week.”

Sophomore Carolyn Clayton and Sedlack followed Espel to finish ninth and 12 overall with times of 20:38 and 20:49, respectively.

Junior Carrie Kmetzo finished third for the team with a time of 21:24. Senior Jerri Castillo followed to finish fifth overall with a time of 21:28. Sophomore Chrissy Krutz and first-year Anna Lenhart finished sixth and seventh for the team with times of 22:02 and 22:16.

The women’s team also will join the men at Dickinson in two weeks.