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No school had more student athletes finish in the top 10 than the combined six that Indiana University of Pennsylvania had in the Carnegie Mellon Fall Invitational Saturday, Oct. 12, in Pittsburgh.
The Crimson Hawks finished fourth among 16 teams in the men’s race and tied for first in the women’s race.
Among those six, Rachel Magliane (sophomore, nutrition) and Samantha Thompson (senior, biology education) highlighted the afternoon by finishing within 13 seconds of each other, a full eight seconds ahead of the next finisher in the women’s race.
With 18:07 and 18:19 finishes, Magliane and Thompson took first and second place, respectively at the invitational.
Also coming in the top 10 and beating the 20-minute mark for IUP was Katie Koenig (senior, exercise science), who finished in seventh place at 18:57 and Steph Beaudette (senior, natural science), who finished 10th with a time of 19:07.
For the second time in as many weekends Nick Patton (senior, sociology) led the men’s team.
After finishing 11th last weekend at the Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh University, Patton finished with a time of 25:55 to take third place in the CMU Invitational.
Patton was followed across the finish line by teammate Victor Costello (senior, criminology) whose 26:06.3 time was good for fifth place.
Four other runners helped the Crimson Hawks with top 25 finishes, three of whom came from the women’s team, with Lauren Lyons (senior, athletic training) finishing 16th, Katie Barrett (senior, history) in 18th and Jackie Biesel (senior, biochemistry) in 22nd.
Alex Hampel (junior, biology) took 24th in the men’s race.
After a successful outing at Carnegie Mellon this weekend, the Crimson Hawks will be off for the next two weeks. After which, they will attempt to have similar success at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships at Kutztown University Oct. 26.
Beaudette, Magliane and Thompson will all be looking to build upon last year’s performance at the PSAC Championship, where they all finished in the top 20 and led IUP to a third-place finish in the women’s race.
The men took sixth last year in the PSAC Championship.
Both the men and women Crimson Hawks will be faced with the challenge of dethroning reigning champions.
In the men’s division, Edinboro University has been crowned the PSAC champion in back-to-back seasons, and the women will attempt to be the team that prevents Shippensburg University from winning its sixth straight PSAC title.