Cross country takes third place at UAAs

The men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Rochester, N.Y., on Oct. 27 to compete in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships hosted by the University of Rochester.
Both the men’s and women’s teams brought home third-place trophies.

Third place was quite the accomplishment for the women’s cross country team. The Tartans had not broken into the top three since 1998 when they took home the championship.

Three of the women finished within the top 14 of the 6k race. The top five race times were factored into the Tartans’ overall score of 103 points.

The first finisher was senior Emily Wobb, placing seventh overall with a time of 22:37.3.

Finishing just 4.8 seconds behind her in 10th place was junior Elise Hall. Sophomore Halley Bayer rounded out the top, finishing with 11th place.

First-year Rekha Schnepf’s time of 23:28.3 was factored into the Tartans’ score as well, as she took 35th place overall.

The last score for the Tartans came from senior Eva Humphrey in 44th place with a time of 23:37.3. This brought the Tartans’ grand total to 1:55:07.5.

“Getting third was unbelievable,” Hall said. “I definitely had high hopes, but I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Everything we had been working toward came together. As far as the rest of the season, we of course have our sights set on doing just as well at regionals to get us to nationals.”

The men’s cross country team competed in the 8k, also finishing third overall. The men also had three top-14 finishers, scoring a total of 65 points.
It was again up to the top five finishers to decide the team’s final score.

The first Tartan finisher was senior Evan Gates with a time of 25:16.4, earning him fourth place overall and the highest Tartan finish of UAAs. Just after Gates, junior Josh Newby took fifth place overall with a time of 25:20.2.

Junior Ken Murphy was the third finisher for the Tartans with a time of 25:43.0, putting him in 11th place overall.

The fourth and fifth finishers for Carnegie Mellon finished within 3.8 seconds of each other: Sophomore George Degen finished 20th with a time of 25:51.3 and senior Billy Littlefield finished 23rd overall with a time of 25:55.1. Together, the Tartans had a grand total time of 2:08:06.1.

The now No. 20-nationally ranked Tartans will travel this Saturday to NCAA Regional Championships in Carlisle, Pa., hosted by Dickinson College.