Men’s cross country takes ninth at NCAAs

Saturday, the men’s cross-country team competed in the NCAA Division III Cross-Country Championships at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. The men’s team surpassed expectations and placed ninth out of 32 teams with 372 points, improving on last year’s 12th place finish.

Only the top 32 teams in Division III competed in the final race of the season. New York University, a member of Carnegie Mellon’s conference, finished first with 128 points.

In the 8K race, junior Brian Harvey led the team and finished 12th overall with a time of 24:57. Prior to the championships, Harvey was named NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Athlete of the Year after an incredible first-place finish at regionals.

Fifth-year Geoff Misek ended his collegiate career by placing 91st with a time of 25:47. Sophomore Dario Donatelli and junior Breck Fresen took 108th and 129th overall with times of 25:52 and 25:57, respectively. Junior Ryan Anderson finished 163rd overall with a time of 26:09.

“We had some trouble getting out in a position we would have liked due to the narrow course and the crowded start, but we still managed to do well,” Anderson said.

First-year J.P. Allera finished his rookie season by placing 203rd overall with a time of 26:23. Junior Mike Condon also finished strong by taking 212th overall with a time of 26:29.

“We ran our tails off,” Donatelli said. “I look forward to going into battle with this team any time, any place, anywhere.”

“We met our expectations, finishing so far ahead of our ranking,” Anderson said. “Overall, we managed to build a very cohesive team this season, and will be able to use yesterday’s race as a stepping stone for next season.” Misek is the only member of the Tartans’ top seven who won’t be returning next year.