Women's Cross Country


With a relatively experienced team, the women's cross country team has started out its season on the right track. Despite the hot weather, the team came in third place overall at the Allegheny College Invitational, which was held at Allegheny College last Saturday. Other colleges represented were (find this out) [YOU BEST DO WHAT THE MAN SAYS. -kychang].

Junior in mathematical sciences Jocelyn Sikora (get her time) [GET THAT TIME. -kychang] placed second overall and H&SS junior Karen Helmstetter (time) [GET THAT TIME. -kychang] placed fourth. Civil engineering junior Kelly Cronin (time) [GET THAT TIME. -kychang] and business administration first-year Carrie Kmetzo (time) [GET THAT TIME. -kychang] also received medals. (Find out who won overall) [YEAH, FIND OUT. -kychang]. Last year, Carnegie Mellon came in fourth at the Allegheny College Invitational. (coach quote) [PUT IT IN. -kychang]

The cross country course at Allegheny College will also host the regional meet in November; the top seven women's team members will be competing. Cross country captain and social and decision sciences and modern languages senior Jamie Davidson said, "We are hoping to improve on an 11th place finish in the region last year. In the past we have been ranked as high as sixth."

Carnegie Mellon’s women's cross country team opened its 2004 season by falling to four of five opponents at the Duquesne Duals at Schenley Oval last Saturday, September 4. The Tartans defeated St. Bonaventure (18-45) while losing to the University of Pittsburgh (17-44), Saint Joseph's (26-43), Duquesne University (15-47), and West Virginia (16-47).

On the individual level, first place went to WVU's Megan Metcalfe with a time of 17:18. For Carnegie Mellon, Sikora came in 16th with a time of 19:17 and junior psychology and English major Drea Garvue came in 25th with a 19:46. The remainder of the team finished with times between 20 and 23 minutes.

The team lost just one senior from last year, so the Tartans' line-up will feature returning juniors Sikora, Cronin, Garvue, Helmsetter, chemical engineering and biomedical engineering major Kate Hollabaugh, psychology major Kim Kicielinski and biological sciences major Carrie Mallozzi. With this returning group of veterans, the Tartans feel that they will be likely be able to improve on their results from last year. [ACCORDING TO WHOM? -kychang] With a number of promising first-years, the team is looking to have a stellar season.

The team's next meet will be an invitational on Saturday at Penn State University at Behrend. Their next home match will be Saturday, October 9, at the Carnegie Mellon University International.