Oct. 12, 2013
PITTSBURGH -- Audrey Burger paced the Panthers as Pitt women's cross country took fifth place at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational at Schenley Park on Saturday morning. The sophomore finished in 19:57.4 to lead the squad.
The Panthers placed fifth in the team standings with 166 points. They trailed Seton Hill and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, which tied the team title with 36 points, Carnegie Mellon (103 points) and the Penn State Cross Country Club (121). The meet in Pittsburgh fielded 19 squads on Saturday.
Pitt's fifth-place finish is its highest at the meet in more than a decade, topping its recent placement of sixth in 2011.
Burger finished 28th overall, making her the only Pitt runner to place among the top 30. It was also the sophomore's first time this season taking the top spot for the Panthers. Five different runners have earned the No. 1 spot for Pitt through five meets this fall.
Following Burger were Erin Moss (20:12.3) and Kelsey Coates (20:15.3) in 32nd and 37th, respectively. Mallory Hudson (20:17.5) and Deanna Felicissimo (20:22.8) rounded out the top five for the Panthers. It was the second consecutive season in which Hudson and Felicissimo had finished in the team's top seven at the CMU Invite.
The Pitt men's team did not compete this year at CMU.
Pitt will now turn its attention to Pre-Nationals, hosted by Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 1.
TOP PITT FINISHERS
28. Audrey Burger - 19:57.4
32. Erin Moss - 20:12.3
37. Kelsey Coates - 20:15.3
39. Mallory Hudson - 20:17.5
44. Deanna Felicissimo - 20:22.8
46. Kelsey Metheny - 20:25.4
48. Kathryn Born - 20:26.8