Cross country’s Emily Wobb takes third at Mideast Regional; men’s team finishes third overall

The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s cross country team traveled to Cooper’s Lake Campground in Slippery Rock, Pa., to host the 2010 Mideast Regional this past Saturday. The women, led by third-place finisher sophomore Emily Wobb, placed sixth overall as a team, while the men had three top-25 finishers to take third in the team standings.

Wobb, who finished sixth at the regional last year, led the Tartans with her third-place time of 22:00.3 in the 6k, a mere 3.1 seconds behind champion Cecilia Furlong of Johns Hopkins University, whose team placed first in the team standings. The Tartans’ two senior captains finished next for the team, as Courtney Baker’s time of 22:48.0 was good for 14th place, and Laura McKee claimed 72nd with her 24:25.3 finish. Not far behind were senior Danielle Morse (24:39.0) and sophomore Eva Humphrey (24:41.6), who finished 81st and 86th, respectively.

While the men did not have a top-three finisher, they had six of the top 50 finishers, leading to their third-place finish as a team. Haverford College ran away with the competition with five of the top seven finishers, including champion Anders Hulleberg. The Tartans’ seniors outran their teammates, led by Nate Bussiere, who improved on his 19th-place finish from 2009 to take 10th overall at this year’s 8k in 25:33.9. Dan Addis was only 1.2 seconds behind in 12th place, while J.P. Allera’s time of 25:53.2 was fast enough for 23rd overall, a mere 0.1 seconds behind 22nd. Evan Gates was the first non-senior to finish for Carnegie Mellon, as the sophomore crossed the finish line in 26:09.6 before senior Justin Kurp and first-year Mike Standish rounded out the Tartans’ top-50 group at 26:29.6 (43rd) and 26:29.8 (44th), respectively. Junior Matt Jacob, who joined Addis, Allera, Bussiere, and Kurp on last year’s NCAA squad, finished 70th at the regional in 27:00.8.

This marks the last competition in the cross country season for both teams before the NCAA Championships on Saturday at Wartburg College in Iowa. Last year, Wobb was the sole competitor for the women’s team, while the men’s team placed 12th overall.