Despite losing two of its best runners, men’s cross country hopes that its offseason work will pay off down the road.

Cornell Men’s Cross Country Hopes Offseason Pays Dividends

It was a windy late October day when the men’s cross country team delivered a valiant performance in New York’s Van Cortlandt Park, falling just 10 points shy of an Ivy League title. One of the closest run Heps of all-time, the result was only good enough for a fourth place finish, but the runners still put together an excellent showing. Two weeks later, the Red took third place in NCAA regionals, falling just one spot shy of an NCAA Championship bid. Two runners did make the trip to Louisville, Kentucky for the event, the first time in over 20 years for Cornell’s program. Both of them — Ben Rainero and Brian Eimstad — graduated in the spring, leaving a deep void to fill.