Athlete Profile: Anna Lenhart, two-team veteran runner

Credit: Courtesy of Shaun Lin Credit: Courtesy of Shaun Lin

Anna Lenhart is one of the most seasoned runners on the Carnegie Mellon women’s track and field team and cross country team. She has been running mid-distance and jumping events for the Tartans since 2006. As a fifth-year and red-shirt senior, she is now one of the leaders of the squad.

Lenhart is from Hagerstown, Md., and majors in civil and environmental engineering.

Lenhart’s teams have been a huge part of her college career. “I can’t imagine what Carnegie Mellon would have been like without cross country and track,” she said. “The team is like a family.”

She has been running for the cross country team since 2006. Her most notable race was at the second annual Cedarville University Open, where she placed 16th overall in the 5k with a time of 20:20.73. This season, she completed another 5k at Washington & Lee University in 19:20.

Lenhart has also been a member of the track team since 2007, notably placing seventh overall in the pole vault at the UAA Championships in 2008.

Even with all her past accomplishments, Lenhart still boasts about this season’s track and field team. “This is the most talented track team I’ve been on at Carnegie Mellon. We are well represented in every event, and at every meet it seems like most of our team sets new personal records, which keeps it exciting,” she said.

As a respected veteran of the team, she is looked to as a leader. As a leader, she is happier with team success than with personal success. Her most memorable moment of the 2010 track and field season is from the first meet of the season, at Washington & Lee University. “It was a big meet and very early in the season, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it seemed that every time an announcement was made, it included one of our girls’ top performances. I think we won five events at that meet; it was fun to see,” she said.

As a senior, Lenhart will be graduating after this season. She will be missed by her teammates. Sophomore Luci Laffitte said, “She truly loves the sport of running and is very dedicated to the team. She puts her heart into every race.”