For months I have been waiting to get back to my roots: sunscreen, shorts and sandals. Unfortunately, the weather of the East Coast is not quite ready to allow my pale feet to be seen in public or to be kind to the struggling Cornell golf team. The Red finished last in a field of 14 at the weather-shortened Princeton Invitational in Princeton, N.J., over the weekend. The field consisted of several Ancient Eight opponents including Yale, Penn, Columbia, Princeton and Harvard, thereby giving the Red a chance to see where it stands among the competitive Ivy League. [img_assist|nid=36834|title=Nice hat|desc=Junior Rob Cronheim led the Red at the Princeton Invitational, which was shortened due to bad weather.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
The golf team traveled to Maryland over the weekend for the Towson University Invitational. Without its top golfer, sophomore Matt Jaye, due to an injury suffered in the offseason, Cornell sent a young team out onto the course at Towson. Junior Robert Cronheim led sophomores Dan Bosse and Ben Myer, while freshmen Alex Lavin and Alex Simson rounded out the Red’s roster for its first invitational of the spring season.
The team finished 14th in a field of 17, while Cronheim led the Red individually — he placed ninth among 90 golfers in the field. [img_assist|nid=36408|title=Line it up|desc=Junior Robert Cronheim placed ninth out of 90 total golfers at the Towson University Invitational to lead the Red.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
With the Championship season looming in the distance, the men’s and women’s track teams will compete in Barton Hall tomorrow for the last time this indoor season. The Red will host the Marc Deneault Memorial Invitational, in memory of Marc Deneault ‘01, who sprinted for the Red before passing away eight years ago.
This weekend Cornell will play both host and guest. After two busy weekends away from Ithaca, some members of the Red men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete in the Robert J. Kane Invitational in Barton Hall Friday and Saturday. Barton Hall will be alive with activity as 25 teams meet for the Kane Invitational.
[img_assist|nid=35083|title=Spot your landing|desc=Senior Garret Huyler will return to competition this weekend, hoping to return to his high mark.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
Junior distance runner Pete Loy, senior thrower Erik Roneker and many members of the men’s track team didn’t make it to this weekend’s competition at the Penn State Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup in College Station. The Red had many of its top athletes stay in Ithaca this past weekend for a chance to rest and train, as well as nurse and rehab injuries. It showed –– with only one event win, the men took seventh in a field of 11 consisting of Auburn, West Virginia, Bucknell and others.
The Harvard Select meet was held in Cambridge, Mass. this past weekend, and the track and field teams showed why they are two of the top squads in the Ivy League. The women, scoring 181 points on Saturday, took first place over opponents Brown, Harvard and New Hampshire.
The women are off to a strong start this season, taking first place in both scored meets this season. For the second week in a row, Red standout senior Jeomi Maduka won the long jump, triple jump and 60-meter dash to continue her outstanding season. The women also showed a strong team effort in their victory.
The men’s and women’s track teams will be busy this weekend. Tomorrow, the both squads will travel south to compete in the annual Millrose Games, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This year is the 102nd year of the Millrose Games, a meet that features many of the top high school, college and Olympic level track and field athletes.
On Sunday, the squad will travel to Cambridge, Mass., to take part in the Harvard Select meet at Harvard. The Red had a strong showing there a year ago when the men won the meet and the women took second behind Brown. This year the meet will feature Cornell, Harvard, Brown, Connecticut and New Hampshire on the men’s side and Harvard, Brown and New Hampshire on the women’s side.
In the first scored meet of the season, the men’s and women’s track and field teams shined, taking first place in the Upstate Challenge.
Buffalo took second on the weekend, but on the women’s side it wasn’t much of a struggle. The Red handled the competition easily this weekend, posting 294 points, with second-place Buffalo far behind at 115 points.
Senior Jeomi Maduka proved once again how far she could take her team. Maduka posted a NCAA-leading 21-9 in the long jump, a feat that was also good enough to break her own Ivy League record in the event. But that was not all for Maduka at the Upstate Challenge; she also won the triple jump (42-11 ½) and 60-m dash in 7.55 seconds. Maduka, however, realizes that there is always room for improvement.
Fresh off a strong showing at the Penn State Open, the Red will host Northeast foes Buffalo, Colgate, Cortland, Ithaca College and Syracuse in the Upstate Challenge, the Red’s first scored meet of the season. However, the Red is looking at this meet just like any other.
“What our record may be going into the Championship part of the season really doesn’t matter, what matters is are we ready to go at that time,” women’s head coach Lou Duesing said. “If you’re going to be ready at that time you need to be doing the right things along the way, whether it is a scored meet or not a scored meet.”