Men’s cross country runs at St. Vincent Invitational

Last Saturday, part of the men’s cross country team competed at the St. Vincent Invitational in Latrobe, Pa.

Although only a few runners participated, the men’s team had an impressive day in the 5-mile race, finishing third among 13 teams with 63 points.

Adam Smith and Wayne Hooper from St. Vincent College took first and second overall, respectively, to help lead the Bearcats to a first-place team finish with 35 points. California University of Pennsylvania took the second-place team trophy with 60 points.

For Carnegie Mellon, first-year Erik Kallenbach had a strong race by finishing first for the Tartans and sixth overall with a time of 28:04. Behind Kallenbach, junior Raphael Bertrand took ninth overall with a time of 28:21.

Finishing 10th overall, first-year Jonathan Matusky also had a solid performance with a time of 28:37. Senior Jason Jura placed 11th overall with a time of 28:41. “I’m very disappointed with how I ran today,” Jura said. “I’m running two minutes slower than I did last year.”

Junior Taka Matsuura finished 29th overall with a time of 29:43, while sophomore Tim Baumgarten took 44th overall with a time of 30:34.

“Considering that the squad who took third at St. Vincent was a third of our strength, we really showed our depth and high level of commitment from everyone on the roster,” Matsuura said.

“It was mostly younger guys running, and it looks like they are taking some good steps towards the next few years,” Jura said. “Everyone on the team has high expectations. Obviously we would like to finish higher than we placed last year, 12th at nationals.”

This Friday, the top male runners and the women’s team will travel to Bethlehem, Pa. to compete at the Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh University.
Lehigh will also host the NCAA regional cross-country meet in November.