February 2, 2001

Track Teams Face Yale, Bucknell in New Haven

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The men’s and women’s track teams hit the road again this weekend, for a trip to New Haven, Conn., to face-off against Yale and Bucknell.

Having put up formidable performances against Harvard and Brown last Saturday, the Red will look to continue readying itself for the all-important post-season.

“[These meets] get us ready for Heps and [IC4As for the men and ECACs for the women],” said distance runner Max King.

In this meet last year, which took place in Ithaca, the men and women defeated both the Elis and Bulldogs.

A similar result is possible tomorrow, especially in light of the Red’s performances against the Crimson and Bears. The men placed first last week while the women took second.

“[Yale and Bucknell] are not the caliber of Harvard and Brown,” King said. “We’re definitely capable of winning.

Victories this weekend should translate into psychological benefits down the road, especially for the post-season meets.

“They help us build our confidence,” King noted.

But the meet will also be a key opportunity for the Red to earn individual berths for the post-season by reaching qualifying marks.

“We want to get into a couple of fast races with good competition,” King said.

If last week is a satisfactory predictor, Cornell should be led by sprinter Katy Jay, distance runners Lena Mathews and Jessica Parrott, jumper Danielle Brown, and thrower Karen Chastain on the women’s side, and jumpers Tyler Kaune and Travis Offner, distance aces Geoff Van Fleet and King, and thrower Jeremy Blanchet.

Next weekend, the Red will leave the friendly confines of the Northeast and head to Indianapolis for the Canon Classic.

Archived article by Shiva Nagaraj