PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s cross country squads began their 2023 season with a victory as both teams claimed first place at the Panther Invitational at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, PA Friday morning.
The Pitt men and women hosted in-state institutes Carnegie Mellon and Slippery Rock, as well as out-of-state colleges, Davis & Elkins and West Virginia Wesleyan. The Pitt men dominated the day with six runners in the top 10, as they posted a first-place finish with a team total of 17 points. Jack Miller and Luke Henseler crossed the finish line together with times of 14:20.0 and 14:20.2, respectively. Quintin Gatons collected third place with a time of 14:25.7. Peyton Geehrer and Luke Miller followed close behind in fifth and sixth place with times of 14:33.1 and 14:34.9. Finn Walsh was the sixth panther in the top 10, notching ninth place.
The Pitt women captured first place with a team total of 20 points. Senior Emily Brown secured the individual 5K title with a time of 17:20.5. Winnie Incorvaia came in second place with a time of 17:23.2 while Caroline Rusinski posted a fifth-place overall finish of 17:33.8. Reagan Flannery finished strong in eighth place with a time of 17:42.1. Gianna Cagliola and Anna Cohen brought took 11th and 12th place with respective times of 17:52.6 and 17:56.9.
Next Friday, September 8, the Panthers will head to University Park, PA for the Henry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational.