October 23, 2000

Cross-Country Runs to Honor John Reif '86

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On sunny Friday afternoon, the cross-country team ran in tribute to John Reif ’86 in the Reif Memorial Run. Cornell competed against Hamilton in an officially unscored meet, though the men would have won 25-33 and the women 27-36.

The top finisher for the women was Jessica Hall (19:43), taking third place. She was followed by Larissa Bifano (20:30) in fourth-place. Rounding out the top-five was Melanie Vanderhoff (20:30).

Freshman Stephanie Sharp was among Cornell’s top runners, clocking in 21:03.

She noted, ” The conditions were great to run in. Running in a memorial race always adds to the meet. The home meets are the best because it allows more of the team a chance to be involved.”

The men had a successful meet at Moakley Golf Course in Ithaca, N.Y., as well. Daryn Johnson nabbed second-place (27:29) for the Big Red. Cornell took the next two spots, with Dan Kelliher (27:35) closely trailed by Shai Birmaher (28:05). Joe Wynne and Derek Kopon were among the top-five Red finishers.

Women’s head coach Lou Duesing thought the run went well.

“It was a good meet to give runners who often do not get the opportunity to run a chance to compete,” he said. “It also added some competition to runners who are focusing on training in the fall.”

The run is in memorial of Big Red runner Reif. He died in an accident in 1987 while training for a triathlon. His teammates began the Reif Memorial Run, which now is in its 14th year.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will be competing in the Heptagonal Championships in Van Cortlandt Park next weekend. This is the meet that the runners have been focusing on all season.

Duesing explained, “This meet gave some of our top runners the chance to focus on the upcoming meet.”

Sharp commented, “We look to fare well at the Heps. The team is really excited and ready to compete. We have performed great especially in the Ivies, and we have been training really hard.”

The women’s team has high hopes after finishing a phenomenal second last year at Heps, even sending three runners to Nationals in individual events. The men look to improve on last year’s sixth-place finish.

Archived article by Cammy Kandiko