IUP men’s and women’s cross country teams achieved top three finishes Saturday at the Lock Haven Go Fast River Run. The women finished second out of four teams while the men finished third. The top finishers for the women all came in the top 10 at the end of the 6k course.
IUP cross country enjoyed a successful day Saturday, as both the men’s and women’s teams achieved top 10 finishes. The women finished third out of 15 schools as the men finished sixth overall out of 13 as the Crimson Hawks competed at the 2012 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Cooper’s Lake Campground near Slippery Rock.
The IUP women’s cross country team has moved up to number 18 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II National Rankings. The women debuted on the poll last week at number 35. In the Carnegie Mellon Invitational Saturday in Pittsburgh, the women took first place out of 17, with Alyssa Taddie finishing second overall.
The IUP cross-country teams competed in the Carnegie Mellon Invitational Saturday. For the women, three runners finished in the top 10, securing an overall team victory. Alyssa Taddie led all of the Hawks runners with a time of 18:25.4 in the 5K. Taddie was just three seconds off of the lead runner.
In their largest competition of the season to date, both of IUP’s cross country teams earned top 10 finishes. The women finished fourth, while men finished 10th out of 39 teams competing at the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem Friday. The women finished with 192 points and were led by Steph Beaudette, who had a 14th-place finish thanks to a 22:22 time on the 6K run.
Competing at the Iona College Meet of Champions (ICMC), Alyssa Taddie and Victor Costello represented the best of IUP’s men and women’s cross country teams Saturday. Taddie, a senior from Homer City, garnered a ninth-place finish for the women.
For some athletes, running is simply an excellent way to stay in shape. For Jarret Cutail, it became a way of life and a constant goal. Cutail (sophomore, safety sciences) initially began running for his high school track team as a way for him to maintain his physique for football.
IUP enters this week’s pivotal matchup against Clarion with the news that they’re seventh in the first regional rankings of the year. Seventh isn’t the place that any team wants to be this time of the year.