The women’s cross country team finished first for the second year in a row in Saturday’s Yellowjacket Invitational. The Red dominated the field, placing seven runners in the top 10 and 13 in the top 25, an impressive feat, considering the field is around 400 women strong.
The heat, the humidity and the nationally-ranked competition gave the team a true test, but Cornell women’s cross country did not back down, taking fourth place this weekend at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational, just a few points behind the top three teams.
“Just keep improving and moving forward.” That is the philosophy of 18-year veteran head coach Artie Smith ’96 of the women’s cross country team. In just two weeks, Cornell’s 46 member squad will head down to State College, Pennsylvania for its first meet of the season. In the 2015 campaign, the women had flashes of greatness – winning several competitive meets and spending time in the nation’s top 30 of over 300 Division-I schools. “There were a lot of great things last year… I mean being in the top 30 in this sport is a big deal,” Smith stated. Certain steps along the way leave the team hungry for more, though.