February 10, 2003

Track Teams Sweep

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Both the men’s and women’s track teams extended their winning streaks to three apiece this past weekend after defeating Yale and Army and on the Black Knight’s home turf in West Point this past weekend.

On what is generally regarded as a slow track, the men’s team captured eleven first place finishes with six runners qualifying for IC4A’s while the women’s team won six events and qualified seven athletes for the ECAC’s.

Of the team’s performance, Taylor said, “Yale and Army ran their best guys across the board, and we were just stronger.”

Eleven athletes contributed to the 17.5 point victory. Juniors Tyler Kaune and Rahim Wooley were both double winners. Kaune set personal records and qualified for the IC4A’s in both the long jump (24-0 ft.) and triple jump, with a leap of 49-3 ft.

Wooley continued his success in the 55 meter and 200 meter races, winning both in 6.55 and 22.74, respectively. Additionally, junior Aldo Gonzalez took complete control of the 1,000 meter run from the beginning and never let up, winning the race with an IC4A qualifying time of 2:28.49. In the 400, sophomore Brian Eremita won in 50.13 seconds, and his teammate, junior Mike Nanaszko, followed shortly thereafter with a 1:06.87 victory in the 500. Sophomore Emory Mort bested his personal record in the 3,000 by 15 seconds, taking second in the race with a time of 8:28.73 seconds.

On the field, Red throwers and jumpers extended the team’s lead by winning the shot put, weight throw, and pole vault. Junior Giles Longley-Cook, who qualified for ECAC’s already this year, made another qualifying mark in the weight throw with his heave of 57-11 feet. Senior Derek Kingrey and junior Travis Offner also earned IC4A berths as Kingrey won the shot put with a 54-9 foot toss and Offner took the pole vault with a jump of 15-9.

The women handed the Bulldog’s and Black Knights an even more crushing defeat, finishing the meet a distant 41.5 points ahead of both teams.

Head Coach Lou Duesing did not expect such a lopsided victory.

“I actually thought we would have been a lot closer to Yale,” said Duesing, “but in addition to winning six events, we took first through third or even fourth in several competitions and all those points just kept piling up.”

The Red women got two first place finishes during the day from senior Katy Jay, who won the 400 meter race in 56.46 and 200 meter race in 24.73. Sophomore Kari Steed barely trailed her and took second in 57.84.

Four additional Cornell sprinters soon followed suit with separate one-two performances. Sophomore sisters Jessica and Shonda Brown placed first and second in the 500 meter run in 1:15.10 and 1:16.21, respectively. Juniors Ann Hansgate and Natalie Gingrich also captured the two top spots in the 800 meter race. Hansgate won the event in 2:13.43 and Gingrich barely missed tying her, coming in at 2:13.6 seconds.

Rounding out top finishes in the running events were the championship 4×400 meter relay team (3:50.87s) and second place finishes from sophomore Kate Boyles in the 3,000 (9:48.3s) and senior Natalie Whelan in the mile (4:55.6s).

On the field, Red throwers set personal records en route to two first place finishes. Sophomore Becky Tucker extended her personal record by two feet in the weight throw with a toss of 16.69 meters, and Senior Sarah Herskee bested her previous record by one foot in the shot put with a heave of 14.13 meters.

Archived article by Everett Hullverson