Tartan men’s cross country sweeps invitational at home
The Carnegie Mellon men’s cross country team hosted their home invitational in Schenley Park on Saturday, and won the 8k race for the fifth straight year.
An unassociated runner crossed the finish line first, but the Tartan runners were the first of the NCAA affiliated runners to cross. The first runner to cross the line for the Tartans is also one of the youngest on the team: first-year Josh Kalapos finished the race in 26:48.7. His teammate, junior Jordan Safer, fell behind just before the end of the race and ended up taking second with a time of 26:48.9.
The young runners for the Tartans showed up big in this race, as the third runner to finish for the Tartans, first-year Evan Yukevich, also took third place with a time of 26:52.4. As the runners continued to coast past the finish line, Carnegie Mellon jerseys were the only colors in sight. The fourth place runner in the race was also from Carnegie Mellon, and its no surprise that it was another first-year student. Stephen Law took the fourth place spot with a time of 26:9.6.
Sophomore Kevin Cory rounded out the top finishers for the Tartans in the fifth place spot with a time of 27:03.0 and he ensured the Tartans held all of the first five places. First-year Liam Walsh wasn’t far behind though, and he finished eighth overall with a time of 27:19.6. Senior Steven Kool was the final Tartan to finish the race in the top 10 with a time of 27:25.5.
One thing is for sure, when the Tartans run on their home turf they always dominate the competition. The Tartan runners should be proud after placing seven runners in the top 10, and they’ll look to improve on that in the next meet on Saturday, October 15 at the Inter-Regional Rumble hosted by Oberlin College.