Men’s and women’s cross country places 2nd, 7th

The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Cleveland, Ohio this Halloween to compete at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship, hosted by Case Western Reserve University. The men’s team finished the meet tied with Emory for their third consecutive second-place finish at the meet, 26 points behind New York University, who took the title for the fourth consecutive year. The women placed seventh, 12 points ahead of the University of Rochester.

The Tartan men were led by sophomore Matt Jacob’s sixth-place performance in the 8k as he crossed the line in 26:33.69, 26.97 seconds behind the winner. Junior J.P. Allera finished next for the Tartans 12.86 seconds behind, ending in 11th place, and senior Dario Donatelli (26:53.44) and junior Dan Addis (26:54.70) finished in 14th and 15th respectively. Juniors Nate Bussiere (21st) and Justin Kurp (43rd), as well as senior Chris Rizzo (48th), rounded out the field for the Tartans to secure the tie, as Emory’s bottom three runners placed 28th, 36th, and 53rd.

“I feel that I personally ran very well,” men’s captain Donatelli said. “I have had a poor season so far, but in the meet this week, I was a lot closer to where I feel I should be. Our goal was to be competitive with NYU and to beat Emory this week. We were able to be close to NYU and we were obviously very competitive with Emory so we are happy with the team’s performance. Our fifth man Nate ran very well as he was able to get up and be competitive where we need him to be to allow us to compete at a high level.”

The women’s side was able to yield equally strong results. First-year Emily Wobb continued her strong rookie season, finishing 10th overall in the 6k with a time of 24:10.22. Wobb has now been the Tartans’ top finisher in all six of their races this year. Junior Courtney Baker came in 19th place at 24:28.44, followed a minute later by first-year Jackie Altshuler (25:28.06) in 44th and junior Danielle Morse (25:35.19) in 47th. Junior Laura McKee, first-year Eva Humphrey, and sophomore Cassie Wallace also scored points for Carnegie Mellon, finishing 57th, 58th, and 68th, respectively.

“The conditions of the course didn’t allow anyone to finish with a good time, but the experience was awesome,” said Wobb, who ran a 6k at Oberlin last week in a quick 21:56. “The race was really messy, but a lot of our girls had good races and our guys performed really well. I had lost contact with the top group early in the race...we were spread out too far apart.”

Both teams now have a two-week hiatus before competing at Lehigh University’s Mideast Regional in Bethlehem, Pa. on Nov. 14.