Cross country competes at Paul Short

Last Friday, the top runners from the men’s and women’s cross country team traveled to Lehigh University to compete in the Paul Short Invitational. The men’s top seven runners ran in the varsity 8K race against tough Division I and III competition. The men’s team placed 19th out of 41 teams with 599 points, while Villanova University took first with 50 points.

The women’s team participated in the Division III varsity 6K race. The women finished 22nd out of 33 teams with 544 points, while SUNY Cortland finished first with 158 points.

For the men’s team, junior Brian Harvey returned from an injury to finish 86th overall with a time of 25:44.

Behind Harvey, sophomore Dario Donatelli (25:58) and junior Breck Fresen (25:59) both had personal best times, taking 111th and 115th overall, respectively.

Fifth-year Geoff Misek placed 140th overall with a time of 26:11 while first-year J.P. Allera had a strong race, finishing 147th overall with a time of 26:13. Senior Mark Tressler (26:26) and junior Ryan Anderson (26:31) finished 167th and 178th overall, respectively.

“We all could have [run] much faster. Even though we didn’t run all that well, we at least had the chance to run in a big meet that gave the freshmen a taste of what nationals is like,” Anderson said.

In the junior varsity race, first-year Justin Kurp had an impressive day, finishing 48th overall with a time of 26:41. First-year Josh Eickmeir also had a strong performance, placing 86th overall with a time of 27:06. Junior Mike Condon crossed the finish line with a time of 27:18 to finish 103rd overall.
On the women’s team, junior Carolyn Clayton led the team and finished 71st overall with a time of 24:42. First-year Rebecca Hachey placed 85th overall with a time of 24:56.

Sophomore Anna Lenhart took 118th overall with a time of 25:27, and first-year Kristen Staab placed 127th overall with a time of 25:37. Junior Chrissy Krutz placed 143rd overall with a time of 26:01.

Senior Erin Gagnon (26:15) and first-year Laura McKee (26:30) rounded out the top seven runners for the Tartans with 149th and 161st overall finishes, respectively. In the junior varsity race, senior Ashley Bakelmun finished 263rd overall with a time of 26:13.

“I really enjoyed having multiple races because not only does it give you a chance to cheer on your team from the sidelines, the other races also give you the chance to enjoy the atmosphere of cross country,” Anderson said. “It makes it refreshing to enjoy the sport rather than just get off a bus, race, and bus back.”

The Tartans have a long break before hosting the Carnegie Mellon Invitational at Schenley Park Saturday, Oct. 13.