XC goes to NCAA D3 champs meet

On Saturday, the Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s cross country teams finished their season at the Division III NCAA Championships in Mason, Ohio.

Coming off of their Mideast Regional victory last week, the men’s team was able to place 24th out of the field of 32. Senior George Degen led the Tartans with a time of 25:01.0 and 59th overall.

Filling out the rest of the field of Tartans was senior Josh Antonson with a time of 25:39.6 (157th), juniors Brian Bollens and Marc-Daniel Julien, crossing the line at 25:42.8 (167th) and 25:45.4 (174th), respectively, and sophomore Ryan Archer, who finished with a time of 25:58.6 (204th).

As a reward for their strong season, the men’s coach, Dario Donatelli was named the NCAA Division III Mideast Region Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. This was the second coach of the year award for Donatelli this season, as he received the University Athletic Association (UAA) Coach of the Year after the UAA Championships earlier this month. These are Donatelli’s third regional and second UAA awards of his career.

Representing the women’s team at the championships was junior Liz Snyder, who earned an individual bid to the race. Snyder finished with a time of 22:50.1, which was good enough for 55th out of 275 competitors. Snyder’s finish is the best by an individual Tartan since 2011.