September 8, 2000

Cross Country Starts Running at Army

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The Cornell men’s and women’s cross country teams open their seasons today at Army.

The course should prove a challenge to the squads, as it is extrememly hilly, including a section on a ski hill.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said women’s head coach Lou Duesing, adding, “It’s been a good three weeks of training so [the meet] will give us a good feel of where we are.”

“[Hills are]one of the main parts of our trainingto build our strength,” junior Dan Meehan said.

Though the course will be difficult, the men are ready to run. The team has been in town annd training for a few weeks, and is ready to get out on the right foot.

“I think everyone is ready to get started,” Meehan said. “Our fitness level is good and we want to put it into action.”

The Red defeated the Cadets a year ago, but now Cornell will be the underdog as Army has the higher ranking in the northeast standings.

“It should be a pretty good challenge,” Meehan said.

On the women’s side, senior co-captains Meredith Freimer and Kim Chatman will not be competing. Junior Halle Watson will like lead the squad into action.

“At this stage, we have three meets in a row, and I don’t want them to run three weeks in a row.”

After the Red returns from West Point, it takes on Buffalo and Colgate at home next Friday before traveling to Iona for the Meet of Champions on the 30th of this month.

Archived article by Shiva Nagaraj