Cross Country Teams Open Season At Familiar Ithaca Moakley Course

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.

Senior Long-Distance Runner Competes at NCAAs

Senior Zac Hine finished 84th among the 252 runners who competed at the NCAA championships yesterday. Hine was the lone Cornellian to qualify when he received an at-large bid after he placed 12th at the Northeast Regional Championships. Hine completed the 10,000-meter race in 30:46.2. His splits were almost identical as he completed the first half of the race in 15:22 and the second half of the race in 15:24.
Oregon senior Galen Rupp won the race with a time of 29:03.2. Along with winning the individual title, Rupp led the Ducks to a National championship. Iona and Stanford finished second and third, respectively. Harvard sophomore Daniel Chenoweth finished first among Ivy League participants and 42nd overall.

Red Tops Ivy Foes in Final Events of Cross Country Season

The women’s cross country team had a triumphant ending to its season on Saturday. The Red placed just ahead of Ivy foe Harvard to win the ECAC championship for the third time in four seasons.
In a field consisting of 11 teams and 97 runners, Cornell placed five runners in the top-21 en route to victory. The Red’s team score of 67 points was 12 points ahead of Harvard and 20 points better than any other team in the field.[img_assist|nid=33837|title=Sprint to the finish|desc=The women’s cross country team edged Harvard by 12 points to take home the ECAC championship for the third time in four seasons. Senior captain Aeriel Emig finished second just four seconds behind Harvard’s Nicole Cochran.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]

Cross Country Travels to New York for IC4A Champs

The men’s and women’s cross country teams will be traveling to the Big Apple this weekend as they prepare to compete in this year’s IC4A Championships on Sunday. The IC4A’s will be the last team competidid not qualify for the NCAA Championships, to be held this Monday in Indiana.
Senior Zac Hine will be the sole Cornell representative at the NCAAs, after receiving an individual at-large berth.
The women are coming off a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regionals, while the men also came in sixth in the meet, which was also held in New York City.

Men, Women Look to Outperform Rankings

After a two week layoff, the cross country postseason continues for the Red. After finishing third and fourth, respectively, at Heps, the men’s and women’s cross country teams will return to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx for the NCAA Division I Northeast Regional.
Seven members of each squad will compete at the meet. The top five scores for each team count and the top-2 teams automatically qualify for the NCAA National Championships. The NCAA also awards at-large bids, usually to no more than two teams from the Northeast Region.

Tigers Top Both Men and Women at Heps

Despite valiant efforts by the cross country teams, the Red was no match for the Princeton Tigers this weekend. Cornell’s men’s and women’s teams both placed in the top half of the Ivy League standings, but neither was able to match the Tigers at the Heptagonal Championships in New York City on Friday.
On the men’s side, the Red slipped one spot from its ranking last year and finished behind Princeton and Columbia. The Tigers won the Ivy League crown for the second straight year, tallying 58 points. Columbia finished just behind Princeton with 61 points. The Red was third with 75.
“We were hoping for a higher finish, but the other two teams in front of us ran great races,” said senior Zac Hine. “It wasn’t what we wanted, but we ran as hard as we could.”

Cross Country Heads to New York City for Annual Heps

The men’s and women’s cross country teams have finally arrived at the weekend they have been preparing for all season long. The Ivy League cross country championships — known as Heps — will be held today in New York City. [img_assist|nid=33165|title=Crossing the New York countryside|desc=The Red has 12 men and 12 women representing the squad at the Ivy League cross country championships in New York City.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
The men finished second to Princeton a year ago and would probably be pleased if they are able to match that result. Princeton once again looks like the team to beat in the conference, but the Red has a strong contingent of runners poised to finish near the top of the Ivy League standings once again.

Preparing for Heps, Relaxed Red Hosts Reif Memorial Run

Cornell will host the Reif Memorial Run today on the Moakley Course, as the men’s and women’s cross country teams wrap up the regular season and get set for Heps, which will take place next weekend. Both teams will rest their top runners, but there is still some intrigue with the race.
On the women’s side, most of the 12-person team that will compete at Heps is set, and those runners who have secured a spot on the team will have the weekend off to rest. There are still a few spots that are unsettled and the runners still battling for the final spots will look to make a strong impression in the race.
“People that are kind of on the borderline have to have good races to ensure their spot at Heps,” said senior Katie Roll, who will race today.

Tough Competition Awaits Cross Country

The men’s and women’s cross country teams will attempt to divide and conquer this weekend. On the men’s side, the team will be split into two squads — eight members of the team will travel to Terre Haute, Ind., while the rest of the team makes the journey to Pennsylvania.
The eight members of the Red heading to Indiana will compete in the Pre-National Invitational, which will be hosted by Indiana State University on Saturday. The race is annually one of the most competitive collegiate cross country meets and nationally ranked teams flock to Indiana to see how they stack up against other elite squads. Last year, Cornell placed 18th among the 40 teams at the meet.