The women’s track and field squad will begin the outdoor season on the heels of one of its best indoor seasons ever. The team placed first in the indoor Heptagonals and continued its season-long success by placing eighth out of over eighty teams at the ECACs. Despite the good fortune that the team has found indoors, the athletes are ready to get back into the open air. After being cooped up in gymnasiums and arenas all winter, the Red looks forward to returning to its natural element: the wind.
Assistant coach Robert Bowman knows that it is time to go back outside.
“I just think we’re all pretty excited about it,” Bowman said. “As well as we did indoors, we are usually a better team outdoors because we add a few more events that aren’t on the indoor schedule. I think they get a little bit of cabin fever. They’re ready to do the outside thing.”
The Red will be welcoming back a host of strong performers in all of its event groups. In the sprints, the Red looks to junior Katy Jay and sophomore Hanna Garrity to lead the charge. Jay was the MVP in the Heptagonals this past indoor season and should be a dominant force outdoors as well. Garrity will show her versatility by competing in four events and should be an asset to the team.
In the hurdles, Cornell welcomes back school-record holders junior Caitlin Ramsey and sophomore Merili Mosley. Ramsey was voted the team’s top hurdler last year and Mosley was last year’s freshman MVP. Each should excel once again this season. Sophomore Ashley McMillan returns with the team’s best time in the 400m hurdles.
The middle distances have been one of the Red’s strong spots in years past, and this year is no exception. Junior co-captain Natalie Whelan is expected to continue to be strong in the 800m and will provide valuable leadership to the group along with cross country captain Halle Watson. Senior Lena Mathews was the Ivy League champion in the mile this past indoor season and should continue her success outdoors.
The distance group is one of the deepest on the team. Junior Carlan Gray is expected to step up this season in the steeplechase and 5000m. She will lead a group that boasts four junior national qualifiers in four different events a year ago.
Sophomore Lauren Kilduff was the team’s best high jumper last year, placing fifth at the outdoor Heps. The talented sophomore duo of Elizabeth Ferguson and Kalifa Pilgrim will determine the team’s success in the horizontal jumps. Mosley should also get some time in the pit.
Senior Emily Eigel and junior co-captain Sarah Herskee will lead a talented young group of throwers. The team is also pleased to welcome back senior co-captain Sarah Spain. Spain returns after an injury and should be a solid performer in multiple events.
Bowman has high hopes for the season.
“We’re a lot deeper this year in all of our four event groups. We’ve got major headliners in each group. We’ve got some pretty high expectations for ourselves, but this team is used to setting pretty high standards and going out and meeting those. So, we wouldn’t think of asking any less of them.”
Archived article by Adam Matthews