(NEWVILLE, Pa.) – The Carnegie Mellon University women's cross country team finished fourth at the NCAA Mideast Regional on Saturday, November 11, hosted by Dickinson College in Newville, Pa., by scoring 168 points. The nation's top team in Johns Hopkins University claimed the title with 38 points followed by 18th-ranked Elizabethtown with 100 points and 25th-ranked Haverford with 150. The Tartans, who were ranked fifth in the region for most of the year, finished ahead of 23rd-ranked Dickinson who finished with 178 points.
Senior Aparna Alavilli (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) led the Tartans with an eighth-place finish, as she crossed with a time of 22:16.6. Sophomores Abigail Levine (Bethesda, Md./Bethesda Chevy Chase) and Kate Reilly (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) crossed second and third for the Tartans and 19th and 35th overall. Levine turned in a time of 22:36.3 and Reilly crossed in 23:16.8. Alavilli, Levine, and Reilly earned All-Region status with their top-35 finishes.
Fourth for the Tartans was sophomore Emmalyn Lindsey (Eugene, Ore./South Eugene) who crossed with a time of 23:30.9 and finished in 42nd place. With a time of 23:55.2, senior Rhiannon Farney (Winston Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) placed 64th overall and fifth for the Tartans. Freshman Parvathi Meyyappan (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista) and junior Allison Scibisz (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet) finished sixth and seventh for the team with times of 24:04.4 and 24:29.3, respectively.
With her finish, Alavilli will move on to the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championships for the second straight season. The championship meet with be held in Elsah, Illinois, on Saturday, November 18.