October 2, 2001

W. Track Cracks National Polls

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The first of the month usually is not a bearer of good news, like rent checks and bills. But not this Oct. 1. This first of the month brought a wealth of good news.

The women’s cross country team claimed third place this weekend at the Iona College Meet of Champions in New Rochelle, N.Y. The result?

A voting panel of nine elected regional representatives and four at large members of the Women’s Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Associates anointed the Red with a No. 20 national ranking in the latest FinishLynx/NCAA Division I poll last night.

Cornell is the only Ivy League team ranked in the top 25 poll. Head coach Lou Duesing has not enjoyed cracking the national polls since 1998.

“This [ranking] reflects the team depth,… hard work from the summer and the early fall,… and the level of achievement from this past weekend,” said Duesing.

Having beat other strong teams like Yale, Dartmouth, and No. 25 Villanova this weekend helped solidify this much deserved ranking in the minds of the voting panel and Duesing himself.

Duesing continued, “We caught some people by surprise [at Iona].”

Cornell will send their top runners to Greenville, S.C. on Oct. 13 for the Pre-National meet. There the Red will bump elbows with a number of other top 20 teams. Roberts Wesleyan University will host its own invitational on the same day, where another group of Cornell runners will compete.

Archived article by Donald Lee