Cross country sweeps home invitational

The Carnegie Mellon women's and men's team placed first in the home invitational last week. The Carnegie Mellon women's and men's team placed first in the home invitational last week.

On Saturday, the annual Carnegie Mellon Cross Country Invitational took place at Schenley Park. The invitational was a huge success, with 18 teams and over 300 athletes participating. Despite the fierce competition, Carnegie Mellon’s runners rose to the top. Both teams placed first overall, with the men scoring 29 points and the women scoring 54 points. The men competed in an 8K and the women raced a 5K.

The depth of talent present on the men’s team shined through at the Invitational as five of the Tartans finished in the top 10. Junior Dan Addis finished third overall with a time of 25:56.13, followed closely by junior J.P. Allera (26:02.99) and sophomore Matt Jacob (26:04.41), who placed fourth and fifth. Junior Nate Bussiere earned eighth place with a time of 26:30.39, pursued by senior Dario Donatelli, who finished ninth in 26:35.15.

Allera was pleased with the results for the men’s team. He said, “I feel like the team performed pretty well this week. We didn’t have a big gap between our runners. We don’t have [2009 graduate] Brian Harvey anymore, so we don’t have any guys really far up [in the rankings], but we all finished right around the same time, which was really nice; our spread was really low. I think this was a good race to get us in a postseason mood. We set the bar for the next few weeks.”

One thing that made the Carnegie Mellon Invitational especially fun for the men’s team was the opportunity to compete against the Carnegie Mellon alumni team. The alumni proved to still be a talented group, and the team placed second in the Invitational. There were several noteworthy results from the alumni team, including those of former Tartan standout Harvey, who took first place in the 8K with a time of 25:26.48. Alumnus Ryan Anderson also performed well, capturing sixth place and finishing in a respectable 26:12.17. On racing his former teammates, Allera had this to say: “It’s always nice to see them and see how in shape they are. After they graduate, some of them keep running — Brian is obviously still in great shape — but a lot of them really can’t run anymore, so it can be funny sometimes, too.”

The women’s cross country team also reached new heights at the Invitational when they defeated two Division II teams to steal first place. In the 5K, five of the women were able to finish in the top 20. First-year Emily Wobb once again led the Tartans, attaining fourth place with a time of 19:02.79, followed by junior Courtney Baker, who finished in 19:28.68. Junior Danielle Morse (19:59.55), sophomore Cassie Wallace (20:10.31), and first-year Jackie Altshuler (20:34.29) rounded out the top five for the Tartans, earning 11th, 13th, and 20th place respectively.

The Tartans will compete in the Oberlin Invitational next Saturday in Oberlin, Ohio.