Dan Addis helps carry cross country
One Tartan paving the way for a strong cross country season is fourth-year architecture major Dan Addis. Addis, a native of Malvern, Pa., was recently named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week after he helped lead the Tartans to a first-place finish at the Mideast Pre-Regional. There, Addis was the fastest runner two days in a row and recorded an 8k time of 25:41. Addis also had a stellar season last year, finishing All-Region, 15th at the UAA Championships, 14th at the Mideast Regional Championships, and 67th at the NCAA Championships.
Addis chose to attend Carnegie Mellon because it offered both top-tier academics and a competitive athletics program. Before college, Addis ran cross country for four years, and he chose to continue because he felt like he belonged with the team and loved the overall atmosphere. One thing Addis didn’t expect was how to manage sleep deprivation — during his first year here, he overslept and missed the bus for a meet and had to fly out instead. But when not working or running, Addis spends his time playing music or creating songs with members of his band.
With this season as his last year of eligibility, Addis is determined to do well. “As far as the team’s goals are concerned, I love being the underdog,” Addis stated. “We have the potential to be one of the best teams this school has ever seen. The next few weeks are going to be crucial in establishing our team as a competitor at the national level. I’m a fourth-year and this is my last year. [It’s either] now or never and we have the strongest team I’ve ever been a part of.”
Addis has a week-long break before he competes in the Carnegie Mellon Invitational this Saturday at Schenley Park.