March 24, 2003

Track Wins in the West

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The women’s and men’s track teams may have finished their indoor seasons, but their winning streaks have continued, as the two earned first place in both the UC Irvine Invitational and Long Beach Classic this past week.

Field events helped carry the women to victory. At UC Irvine, the Red had wins in three of five events and swept the top three spots in the discus and hammer. Senior Sarah Herskee turned in a first-place finish in the hammer (43.64m), second in the javelin (38.42m), and third in the shot-put (12.01m). Sophomore teammate Becky Tucker complimented Herskee, taking second in the hammer and first in the shot.

Cornell’s women also went the distance on the track, as the team scored wins in the 400-meter and 5000-meter runs, and 3000-meter steeplechase.

The Long Beach Classic was not much different, with the team taking seven events en route to a 76-point first-place finish.

Herskee earned two first-place finishes in the shot put and discus, and took third in the hammer. Senior Katy Jay and sophomores Jessica Brown and Kari Steed swept the 400-meter. Jay also took first place in the 200-meter, with Steed finishing third.

Senior Natalie Whelan and junior Ann Hansgate finished 1-2 in the 800. Sophomore Kate Boyles and freshman Kristy Planer matched their efforts with a 1-2 finish in the 1500.

The men also had several strong finishes in the field. In Irvine, the team placed first in all five field events as senior Brett Coffing took the shot put and discus events. Senior co-captain Scott Benowicz got an early start on the post season with his NCAA-qualifying javelin throw of 198 feet and 10 inches.

Junior co-captain Rahim Wooley took first with a 10.55s finish in the 100-meter dash. His time also marked a personal record, as the junior beat his previous mark of 10.69s. Senior teammate Quinton Carew was second with a 10.66s finish.

Wooley and Carew did it again just a week later at the Long Beach Classic, as the pair finished 1-2 in the 100-meter dash. Sophomore Keenan Goggins chipped in with a first-place, 200-meter finish, and junior Aldo Gonzalez earned the top spot in the 800-meter race. Junior Tyler Kaune helped seal the Red victory with his first-place finishes in the long and triple jump.

Both teams return on April 5 for the Penn invitational in Philadelphia, Pa.

Archived article by Matt Janiga