Cross country competes at NCAAs in Iowa

The season for Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s cross country teams came to an exciting close last Saturday. The Tartans competed at the NCAA Division III Championships in Waverly, Iowa, hosted by Wartburg College. For the men, this was the team’s sixth time attending nationals. They took 20th overall, just four points behind the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.

In the 8k course, senior Nate Bussiere ran the fastest for the Tartans, finishing in 25:22.2 and making 67th place. He was followed by seniors J.P. Allera and Dan Addis with times of 25:26.6 and 25:30.7, respectively, coming in 75th and 82nd overall. Fourth for the Tartans was junior Matt Jacob, who picked up 134th place in 25:57.9. Jacob was trailed by sophomore Evan Gates, who took 147th with a time of 26:07.6. The final two finishers for Carnegie Mellon were senior Justin Kurp and first-year Mike Standish, with times of 26:25.4 and 26:27.0, who came in 177th and 182nd respectively.

Only two ladies from the Carnegie Mellon cross country team were sent to the NCAA Championships: sophomore Emily Wobb and senior Courtney Baker. Wobb took 62nd overall out of 279 competitors, with a time of 22:07.9.

This was a huge improvement from last year, when she placed 120th overall. Baker also had a great performance, finishing 74th overall in 22:14.6.