January 22, 2003

Track Teams Take Second

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The men’s track team qualified 10 athletes for IC4As while the women’s team placed eight in the ECACs as both squads placed second out of 11-team fields this past weekend in a U.S. Track Coaches’ Association meet at Penn State.

The Cornell women dominated the 60-meter hurdles, claiming the top three spots en route to second-place team finish. Senior Caitlin Ramsey took the top spot, the only Cornellian to do so individually, finishing in 9.02 seconds. Junior Merili Mosely and freshman Jamie Greubel followed closely behind, finishing in 9.03 and 9.34 respectively.

The Red took first in both the 4×400 and 4×800 relays with respective times of 3:48.85 and 9:12.79.

Sophomore Shonda Brown ran a personal best 1:15 to place second in the 500 meters. Classmate Kari Steed took third in the 400 meters, finishing in 56.82 seconds.

The Red placed four in the top 10 of the 3000 meters. Senior Carlan Gray placed third in 9:47.71, a personal best by over 15 seconds. Sophomore Kate Boyles finished a step behind Gray, improving on her personal best by 10 seconds.

“We had a very, very good meet,” said women’s head coach Lou Duesing. “When I compare this year to last year, the quality was much better across the board. We like to see improvement from the first meet to the second, but it’s hard to predict that type of improvement.”

Leading the way for the men were sprinters Quinton Carew and Rahim Wooley, who both set school records in qualifying for IC4As. Carew, a senior, won the 60-meter dash in 6.89 seconds. The junior, Wooley placed sixth in the 60 meters in 7.05 seconds. He also placed seventh in the 200 meters in 22.23 seconds, also a Cornell record.

“Any time you have two school records in a meet this early in the season, that stands out,” said men’s head coach Nathan Taylor.

Senior Derek Kingery (57-1 1/2) and sophomore Zach Beadle (54-4) placed first and third respectively in the shotput, both qualifying for IC4A’s. In the 3000 meter race, seniors Dan Dombrowski and Barry Kahn each qualified IC4A’s, placing in second and fourth place respectively.

The Cornell distance medley placed second in 10:10.56 while the 4×400 relay team also qualified for IC4A’s, placing fifth in 3:18.56.

In field events, junior Giles Longley-Cook qualified for IC4A’s in the 35 pound weight throw with a distance of 56-11 1/4. Classmate Travis Offner qualified in the pole vault, clearing 15-9. Junior Jason Hart placed third in the triple jump with a distance of 46-2.

“We’ve got a lot of talented guys and they’ve got high expectations, as do I,” said Taylor. “The key for me will be to keep them healthy and still move forward.”

Archived article by Owen Bochner