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]
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
The football players were not the only Cornellians to compete admirably at Lehigh over the weekend. Although they were unable to match the thrilling victory that their counterparts on the gridiron earned, the men’s and women’s cross country teams both competed admirably in Bethlehem.
[img_assist|nid=32448|title=Stay Close|desc=In the 8k course at Lehigh this past weekend, sophomore Adrien Dannemiller finished with the Red’s top time, while five of his teammates completed the race within 33 seconds of Dannemiller’s 20th place finish. The men finished fifth overall.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
The cross country teams will head to Lehigh today for the 35th annual Lehigh University Brooks Paul Short Run. The run is open to both high school and college teams. This weekend more than 4,000 runners will be representing over 300 high schools and colleges.
On the men’s side, Villanova is one of only four schools in the run’s history to capture consecutive titles, and it’ll be back again to defend its place in the record books.
Ivy rival Princeton is the defending champion of the women’s race. It too is one of four teams to boast back-to-back first place finishes at the Paul Short Run.
The women’s cross country team will travel to Van Cortlandt Park in New York City for tomorrow morning’s 6K race at the Iona Meet of Champions. This meet will bring together over 20 teams from several different conferences throughout the United States.
“From the standpoint of preparation, we’re doing exactly what we want to do at this point in terms of practices,” said head coach Lou Duesing. “Any early-season meet like that is part of the competition, but also part of the preparation.”
[img_assist|nid=31928|title=Keep moving on|desc=Sophomore Kristen Sellers pushes uphill during the Rief Memorial Run on Oct. 19, 2007.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]