Following up on the consistent momentum that they have been building over the past couple of years, the men’s and women’s cross country teams will open their seasons today against Army by hosting a head-to-head race at the Ithaca Moakley Course. With strong performances in last year’s Ivy League Heps Championships and some successful individual NCAA qualifiers, the runners are aiming to recapture the Heps title in 2009.
Nevertheless, the Red will be without some of their top runners, including junior Adrien Dannemiller, who is taking a semester abroad in Switzerland, and senior Peter Loy who is out of commission with a knee injury. However, the runners are optimistic about their 2009 campaign regardless of the obstacles that they will be facing.
To kick off the month of May, the Red will be hosting the Cornell Outdoor Invitational tomorrow — the men’s and women’s track teams will be rolling into the weekend with momentum from last week’s successes at the Penn Relays.
At that three-day competition, Cornell dominated in a number of events — the women achieved eight top-10 appearances in the championship round along with an impressive number of ECAC and NCAA Regional qualifiers. Following suit, the men also made an impact at the Penn Relays with top-10 showings in almost every relay event along with many IC4A and NCAA Regional qualifying performances in other running, throwing and jumping events.
Without any lag time from last weekend’s impressive performances at the Moravian Invitational and the Cortland Classic, the men’s and women’s track teams once again racked up a long list of victories and event qualifiers at this weekend’s Penn Relays in Philadelphia and the Big Red Invitational in Ithaca.
Going from Thursday to Saturday at the Penn Relays and the Big Red Invitational in Ithaca yesterday, the athletes had a busy weekend.
The track team is of one mind when it comes to breaking records, as several members of the team achieved scores over the weekend which were on the level of the world’s best or the best in Cornell’s history. Splitting between the Moravian Invitational in Allentown, Pa., and the Cortland Classic in upstate New York, the men and women combined for 21 event wins, 11 NCAA Regional qualifiers, 10 ECAC qualifiers and 18 IC4A qualifiers for both meets.
Sprinters and jumpers competed at the Moravian Invitational, with the men netting six NCAA Regional qualifiers, 15 IC4A qualifiers and five event wins on the day. The men were graced by not only great performances on the weekend but complimentary weather as well to help boost them to the top of the standings.
The track teams will be splitting time at events this weekend — the jumpers, sprinters and hurdlers will travel to Allentown, Pa., tomorrow for the Moravian Invitational, while the rest of the athletes will compete at the Cortland Invitational in Cortland, N.Y., on the same day.
Coming off of impressive showings last weekend at the Sea-Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., and the Bucknell Invitational in Lewisburg, Pa., the Red is looking to build some momentum as it travels towards the championships in May. Over both events, the men and women combined for 15 ECAC qualifiers, 17 IC4A qualifiers and seven NCAA Regional qualifying performances.
Simply put: the track throwers have been lights-out for the past few weeks.
Last weekend at Bucknell, senior Erik Roneker won both the hammer (183-3) and the shot put (55-1/4) for IC4A qualifiers, while junior Maria Matos dominated in the discus with a first-place, NCAA Regional qualifying performance in the discus (163-10). At the Penn Invitational the week before, the women placed athletes at the top of the standings in the shot put, discus and javelin. The men saw sophomore thrower Scott Jaffee score his first IC4A qualifier in the discus (162-11).
So what’s their secret?
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After a strong showing at the Penn Invitational last weekend with seven event wins for the women’s track team and 22 top-5 finishes for the men’s track team, the Red continued its success at Bucknell on Saturday in both running and throwing events.
With standout performances from juniors Erik Roneker and Maria Matos, the Red established its power in the throwing events. Great running and jumping marks for both the men and women in the triple jump, 1500 meter, 5000 meter, 10000 meter, hurdles and the 3000-meter steeplechase also helped to launch Cornell to the top of the standings with wins in six different events.
Following up on the momentum from last weekend’s Penn Invitational, the men’s and women’s track teams are gearing up for a meet today in Knoxville, Tenn., the Sea-Ray Relays. After combining for 11 event wins, 10 IC4A qualifiers, four NCAA qualifiers, and 11 ECAC qualifying marks last Saturday, the track teams are looking to gradually build on their earlier successes this season, using the competitive nature of the Tennessee Relays to elevate their level of performance.
Continuing their strong start in the spring outdoor campaign, the men’s and women’s track teams finished up at the Penn Invitational in Philadelphia last Saturday. Combined, the men and women produced 11 event wins along with 10 IC4A qualifiers, four NCAA Regional Qualifiers and 11 ECAC qualifying races on Saturday.
The men asserted themselves as a powerhouse against top teams like UPenn, Rutgers, Villanova and Temple among others, securing a total of 22 top-5 finishes at the invitational.
If past performance is any indication, the women’s track team has a talented team this year. With recent strong performances and NCAA Regional qualifiers at the California State Northridge Invitational, the UC Irvine Classic and the Indoor Heptagonal Championships in March alone, this year’s standouts are looking to build on success earlier in the year.
In the 800, sophomore Katie Murdoch has been establishing herself as a real force for the women. With strong showings earlier in the year, Murdoch is a young, growing talent. Dealing with injuries in her freshman season, Murdoch still bounced back as a top performer to earn All-East honors in the outdoor season, while running the lead-off spot for a record 4×800 time for the freshmen in 2007.