November 21, 2003

X-C Runs ECAC / IC4A

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In any sport, it’s always nice to finish the season on an upswing. This weekend at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, the men’s and women’s cross country teams will look to do just that as they compete in the IC4A/ECAC championships.

The women’s team aims to continue a streak of steady improvement it started at the Penn State Invitational in mid-October, and the men’s team will shoot to extend the upswing it began at the Heptagonal Championships at the beginning of the month.

For the past three years, the ECAC championships (women’s teams) and the IC4A championships (men’s) have been held on the weekend of the NCAA championships for teams not participating in that meet

“There will likely be 35-40 teams that will come to play,” said Duesing about the women’s field.

The schools attending always change, he noted, depending on how seasons have gone and who runs in the NCAA meet, and right up to race day there is almost never a set lineup. This means it’s almost impossible to predict the competition the Red will see at the meet.

“I don’t know who’s going to be in the race against us,” noted Duesing. “We find out when we get there.

Last year Cornell came in and ran its way to a surprise victory there, topping the field, and while Duesing hopes the team will compete to the best of its ability, he makes sure to note that this year’s team is different from last year’s, and the past results have no bearing on how anyone should feel about the weekend.

“I make sure that they don’t look back,” said the coach. “It’s not a matter of them trying to repeat