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Tartans Place Third at NCAA Regional for Third Straight Time

group photo of eight women's cross country runners standing behind a banner wearing medals

(NEWVILLE, Pa.) - The Carnegie Mellon University women's cross country team placed third at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship after completing the 6k course at Big Springs High School in Newville, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, November 13. The Tartans scored 88 points, the same as second-place finisher Dickinson College, while Johns Hopkins University won the title with 20 points.

The Tartans were led by freshman Cora Marcet (Naperville, Ill. / Naperville Central) and sophomore Megan Baker (Exton, Pa. / B. Reed Henderson) who finished 14th and 15th in times of 23:56.4 and 23:57.9, respectively.

Graduate student Michelle Murray (Greenlawn, N.Y. / Harborfields) and senior Kristen Seballos (Cleveland, Ohio / Padua Franciscan) were the next to finish the course for the Tartans. Murray placed 18th overall in 24:12.8 with Seballos crossing the finish line 19th overall in 24:13.9.

Sophomore Sophia Zalewski (Piedmont, Calif. / Piedmont) was the fifth Tartan to finish the race, as she placed 22nd overall in 24:23.7. Senior Taylor Jacobs (Bozeman, Mont. / The Taft School) and freshman Alyssa Hoffman (Watsontown, Pa. / Warrior Run) finished ten seconds apart in 25th and 30th place with times of 24:30.8 and 24:40.0 to close out the race of the top seven finishers for the Tartans.

All seven earned All-Region honors by finishing in the top 35 of the meet.

The Tartans placed third at the regional meet the last two years and now will wait for an at-large bid to the 2021 NCAA Dvision III Women's Cross Country Championships. Bids are announced on Sunday, November 14 with the race taking place in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday, November 20.