After an April that included relays, invitationals, and several record-breaking performances, the track teams are ready for one of their toughest challenges yet: the Heptagonal championships.
Both teams are fresh off of their self-hosted Big Red Invitational, where the women took home nine first-place finishes and the men earned 10. Several team members also qualified for their respective post-season meets as well as the NCAA regional championships.
Senior captain Sarah Herskee got things off to a smashing start, as she broke the old Kane complex hammer record with her throw of 51.92 meters, and took first place in the javelin throw. Junior Ib Stanley-Ikhiloju followed suit, taking first place in both the long and triple jumps.
The women also fared well on the track.
Freshman Mandy Knuckles, and sophomore Jennifer Meil placed 1-2 in the 1,500 meter run, and senior Kinsey Miller, and freshman Ruth Miller finished first and second in the half-mile run.
The sprinters picked up additional points for the women as junior Jill Crispell finished first in the 400 meter dash, and freshman Linda Trotter took the top spot in the 200 meter.
Cornell’s A-squad also had a busy week, turning in several top performances at the Penn Relays. Among them were Carlan Gray’s sixth-place finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, and second place in the distance medley relay.
On the men’s side, junior Tyler Kaune claimed the collegiate Eastern long jump championship to continue a stellar season. In addition, Jason Hart, Travis Offner, Scott Benowicz, Derek Kingrey, and Emory Mort chipped in top-10 finishes in the long jump, pole vault, javelin, shot put, and steeplechase, respectively.
In relays, the Red men placed second in two different events — the 4×400 and the distance medley.
Both teams will be defending their indoor Heptagonal titles, and the women will also look to defend their 2002 outdoor title.
Following this weekend’s event, members of the Red will likely qualify for the ECAC and IC4A championships, the last meets of the season before the NCAA championship.
Archived article by Owen Bochner and Matt Janiga