September 20, 2002

Sprint Football Opens Season at Rival Penn

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The sprint football team kicks off its 2002 campaign tonight when it travels to resume its rivalry with Ancient Eight brethren Penn.

The Red opens the season hoping to improve over last season’s lackluster 2-4 record, which included two losses to the Quakers. After opening last season with a respectable showing in a 19-17 home loss to Penn, the Red completely fell apart in last season’s visit to Franklin Field, falling 41-3.

The Red will host Penn later this season, with a game on the evening of Oct. 25. Cornell will also play against Navy, Army, and twice against Princeton, which represent the other members of the Collegiate Sprint Football League.

This year’s team sports an experienced veteran roster, headlined by senior tailback Charlie Tam, who led the team in rushing yards last season. Cornell also welcomes 14 freshmen to this year’s squad.

Sprint football is a unique sport that affords smaller athletes the chance to play intercollegiate football. The sport follows the same rules as NCAA football, but requires that all players weigh no more than 165.9 pounds the Wednesday before each game.

Archived article by Owen Bochner