February 17, 2003

Track Teams Finish Sixth

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Twenty five members from each of the men’s and women’s track teams propelled Cornell to two sixth place finishes this past weekend at the highly competitive Penn State Invitational while other track athletes turned out strong finishes here at home during the Kane Invitational, at Barton Hall.

Both teams finished sixth at Penn State. Their competition included track powerhouses Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, and eight other big-time teams from around the country.

The Red women turned out several impressive performances. Senior captain Katy Jay placed fifth in the 200m (24.59) and second in the 400m, setting a new school record with her time of 55.54s. Sophomore Kari Steed ran the third fastest 400m time in school history with her sixth place time of 56.76s.

Other Cornell women who scored points for the Red were Caitlin Ramsey, who took eighth place in the 60m hurdles (9.15); sophomore Kate Boyles, who placed third in the 5,000m (16:55.17); senior Carlan Gray, who placed fourth in the 5,000 (16:58.56); Natalie Whelan, who placed sixth overall in the 800m (2:11.42); freshman Emily McCabe, who placed fifth in the 3,000m (10:00.87); and IB Stanley-Ikhilioju, who took eighth in the long jump with a leap of 17-8 feet.

Additionally, two relays scored second and third for the Red. The women’s distance medley relay placed second (11:45.83), and the women’s 4x400m relay ran an outstanding race and placed third in 3:45.48.

Of his team’s performance, women’s head coach Lou Duesing said, “We had some extremely good competition from some of the best teams in the country, but we had a lot of fun, and everyone did the best they could.”

“I’m extremely pleased right now,” Duesing continued, “We’re two weeks away from Heps and everyone is running on all cylinders.”

The men’s team had a similarly successful meet. Junior Travis Offner was the best performer for the Red men, winning the pole vault by over a foot with his jump of 17-02.75 ft. Numerous other Red runners, throwers, and jumpers also scored points for their team. Top runners included senior Barry Kahn, who placed eighth in the 5,000m (14:52.99); junior Mike Nanaszko, who placed eighth in the 400m (48.46); sophomore Sam MacKenzie, who placed seventh in the mile (4:15.18); sophomore Brian Eremita, who took fourth in the 600m (1:19.81); and senior Geoff Van Fleet, who placed third in the 3,000m (8:17.18). The 4x400m relay also placed in the meet, finishing eighth with a time of 3:16.5.

Top throwers for the Red were junior Derek Kingrey, who placed fifth in the shot put with a heave of 16.87m; teammate Brett Coffing, who placed eighth in that event with a toss of 16.06m; and weight thrower, junior Giles Longley-Cook, who took sixth with a throw of 17.85m.

Finally, junior Mike Harbeck followed teammate Travis Offner in the pole vault with his fifth place jump of 16-02.75 ft.

Both teams will compete this upcoming weekend in their own Deneault Invitational.

Archived article by Everett Hullverson