Cross country competes in Mack Cooper Invitational

Carnegie Mellon's cross country team traveled to Slippery Rock, Pa., for the Mack Cooper Invitational at Cooper’s Lake Campground Friday night. The men’s team took first place while the women’s team finished fourth, both out of six teams. The men won by just three points.

The men’s cross country team performed exceptionally, with five runners finishing in the top 10. Junior Evan Gates missed winning the race by a second, but still took home an impressive second place, with a time of 25:53. Sophomore Josh Newby finished next for the Tartans and came in fifth with a time of 26:28. Sophomore Ken Murphy placed seventh in 26:40 while senior Rob Morhard finished close behind, in 26:42. The final Tartan to score in the top 10 was junior Billy Littlefield, who finished in ninth place with a time of 26:48.

The women’s cross country team also had several impressive finishes. Junior Emily Wobb led the pack and finished second overall with a time of 22:51. Next came sophomore Elise Hall, who scored a seventh place finish in 23:40. First-year Hailey Brown and sophomore Catherine Paquette finished 24th and 27th for the women respectively, with times of 24:58 and 25:08. Rounding out the top five finishers for the Tartans was senior Cassie Wallace, coming in 35th in 25:35.

The Tartans will next compete at Dickinson College on Saturday, Sept. 24. The race is expected to begin at 10:30 a.m. for the men and 11:15 a.m. for the women.