Cross country outruns competition

The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s cross country teams got off to a great start this season, competing at the Duquesne Duals Sept. 5 and the Wayesburg Invitational Sept. 12. The teams performed well at Duquesne, with the women beating five of seven teams and the men beating two of three. Both teams placed first overall at Waynesburg.

At Duquesne, the men’s team defeated Niagara University and St. Bonaventure University, and nearly defeated St. Vincent College, falling by merely one point. Junior Nate Bussiere was the fastest Tartan, finishing 10th overall in a time of 26:20, followed by senior Josh Finkle, who placed 48th with a time of 27:59. First-year Ben Finch and Marc McGeary finished 54th and 56th, respectively.

On the women’s side, the Tartans defeated five teams, including Division I local rival University of Pittsburgh. They also defeated Niagara, Juniata College, St. Bonaventure, and Wheeling Jesuit University. First-year Emily Wobb crossed first for the Tartans with a time of 19:08 to finish fifth overall, while junior Courtney Baker placed ninth with a time of 19:20. First-year Jackie Altshuler and junior Danielle Morse came in 26th and 29th overall, respectively. Sophomore Danielle Montanaro finished 36th overall, while junior Laura McKee came in 39th.

The Tartans ran roughshod over their opponents at the Waynesburg Invitational, as the men swept the top five places and the women swept the top six, leading to a victory for both. First-year Emily Wobb led the women with a winning time of 23:39, directly followed by first-year Jackie Altshuler (24:20) and junior Danielle Morse (25:01). Sophomore Cassie Wallace finished in 25:17 to take fourth, junior Laura McKee finished fifth in 25:20, and sophomore Danielle Montanaro rounded out the sweep one second later in 25:21.

For the men, junior J.P. Allera won the race in 26:06, followed by sophomore Matt Jacob and senior Dario Donatelli, who finished second and third, respectively, with times of 26:14 and 26:17. Junior Nate Bussiere crossed in 26:56, good enough for fourth place, and senior Chris Rizzo placed fifth place with a time of 27:13 to complete the dominance.
“The freshmen did well in both races and the upperclassmen are in good shape going into the heart of the season,” said Rizzo.

Both teams will compete next at Dickinson College on Sept. 19.