Cross country places 1st, 2nd at Waynesburg College Invitational

Last Saturday, the Carnegie Mellon cross country team had their second meet of the season, competing in the Waynesburg College Invitational. The men’s team competed in an 8k, placing first out of 10 teams, while the women raced a 6k, placing second out of 12.

It is clear from the Waynesburg Invitational that the Tartan cross country team lineup is loaded with strong competitors. On the men’s side, the top six finishers from Carnegie Mellon earned a spot in the top 10 in the race overall. Senior Dan Addis led the team by finishing first in the 8k, with a time of 25:50.1, but teammate senior Nate Bussiere was only a hair behind, taking second place just 0.2 seconds later. The next finisher from the Tartans was senior J.P. Allera, who grabbed sixth place with a time of 26:35.5, followed closely by senior Justin Kurp who earned seventh in 26:38.0. Additionally, eighth and ninth place were taken by Carnegie Mellon’s junior Matt Jacob and first-year Ken Murphy. With so many strong runners finishing within just a few seconds of one another, the men’s team has pushed themselves to the next level with their exceptional teamwork.

As for the Lady Tartans, the invitational was a success. Although the women do not have the depth that the men’s team does, they make up for it with outstanding individual performances. Most distinctly, sophomore Emily Wobb won the 6k with a solid 22-second lead, with a time of 22:46.8. Wobb consistently placed high at every cross country meet as a first-year last year. Senior Courtney Baker also made great strides, finishing fifth overall with a time of 24:04.0. Finally, junior Cassie Wallace rounded out the top 10 in 24:32.6. What this women’s team lacks in size, it makes up for in talent. From the success of the Waynesburg invitational, we hope to see great things from both cross country teams this year.

Look out for the Tartans as they compete here in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Sept. 25. They will be running at Cooper’s Lake Camp Ground in the Mideast Pre-Regional meet.