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Tartans Take Third Straight Regional Crown

group photo of eight men's cross country runners standing behind a banner with a trophy in hand

(Newville, Pa.) - The Carnegie Mellon University men's cross country team are regional champions once again, as they topped the Mid-Atlantic field for the third straight time after completing the 8k course at Big Springs High School in Newville, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, November 13.

Graduate student Matt Karee (Elmira, N.Y. / Notre Dame) led the Tartans for the second straight year at the regional championships, this time finishing second overall after placing fifth in 2019. His time this year of 26:24.1 was four seconds faster than his senior teammate, Michael OBroin (Park Ridge, Ill. / Saint Ignatius College Prep), who finished third overall in 26:28.8.

Freshman Matthew Coyle (Park Ridge, Ill. / Maine South) led all first-year runners in the field and finished sixth overall in 26:35.5 while junior Elijah Sech (San Clemente, Calif. / San Clemente) was ninth overall in 26:44.0. The fifth finisher for the Tartans was freshman Colin McLaughlin (Stamford, Conn. / Westhill) in 10th place overall in 26:51.6 as freshman Eamon Brady (Park Ridge, Ill. / Maine South) placed 11th in 26:56.4.

Sophomore Charlie Murphy (Roanoke, Va. / Patrick Henry) closed out the seven Tartans competing on Saturday with a 26th-place finish in 27:31.6, as all seven Tartans earned All-Region recognition by finishing in the top 35.

With the win, the Tartans will race for the 2021 NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday, November 20.