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Tartans Win RMU Colonial Invitational

five men's cross country runners rounding a corner with trees blended in the background

(CLINTON, Pa.) - The Carnegie Mellon University men's cross country team placed first at the Robert Morris Colonial Invitational on Friday morning. The Tartans were the lone Division III team that competed in the 8k race.

Race Information
Carnegie Mellon 21, Edinboro 34, Robert Morris 88, Duquesne 12, Seton hill 129
Location: Clinton, Pennsylvania (Youthtowne)


  • Carnegie Mellon runners finished second through fifth in a field of 47.
  • For the second straight race, sophomore Colin McLaughlin crossed first for the Tartans and second overall with a time of 25:55.53.
  • Sophomore Eamon Brady placed third in 25:58.87.
  • Crossing fourth overall was freshman Charlie Murphy in 25:58.87 and finishing less than a second behind was sophomore Matthew Coyle in fifth with a time of 25:58.61.
  • Rounding out the Tartans' scoring was freshman Ryan Podnar who crossed in 26:20.83 to place seventh overall.

Thoughts From Colin McLaughlin:

  • "Overall it was a very good showing from the team. We learned a lot from the season opener two weeks ago and applied it to the meet today. We worked together really well as a team, and it showed on the result sheet. Our spread was super tight, and a lot of people are in a more expanded role compared to last year. Being the first 8k of the season, and with a team as young as ours, there's a lot to be excited about. Now we have a couple of weeks to get a good training block in before some of the bigger, more important meets."

  • "As for my race, I was happy that I got a chance to practice leading it out. I was leading from the front with Eamon for a good chunk of the entire race. I didn't have as good of a response to the Edinboro runner's move as I would've liked, so there's definitely some stuff to work on, but a good start to the season overall."

Up Next:

  • The Tartans will compete again at the Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh University on Friday, September 30.