January 31, 2005

Track Teams Sweep The Crimson, Bears

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At the Harvard Triangular, the Red men’s and women’s track teams bested host Harvard and Brown to win the event handily. The Cornell women scored 89.5 points to beat out the Bears’ 51.5 points and the Crimson’s 18 points. The men faired even better, scoring 97 points to best Brown’s 43 and Harvard’s 27 — bringing home 11 of 16 first place finishes. Both Red squads have won the event the last two years.

The Red men won eight of ten races, holding the top three places in the 400-meter, 500-meter, 800-meter, and 1000-meter runs, and the 60-meter hurdles. Freshman Jordan Lester (6.86 seconds) and Saidu Ezike (8.14 seconds) continued their dominating year with wins in the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles respectively.

“I thought the meet went well,” said Lester. “We’ve been training hard … some of us have high expectations [this year].”

Kenan Goggins finished second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.06 seconds, while Brendan Earle and Aaron Merrill finished second and third in the 60-meter hurdles. Adam Siebrook (49.47) triumphed in the 400-meter run, with Mike Pilgrim finishing second and Neil Baker third. Brian Eremita (1:04.65) paced the 400-meter run, beating out Kolby Hoover (1:04.91) and Merrill (1:04.98). In the 800-meter race, Gordon Hall (1:51.93) prevailed, while teammates Brian Mongeon and Mike Allen took second and third, respectively.

The Red took the first four places in the 1000-meter run, lead by winner Bruce Hyde (2:26.38), followed by teammates Oliver Tassinari, Sam MacKenzie, and James Wyner. Cornell was also victorious in the 4×400 and 4×800 meter relays.

The Red also won three of the six field events. David Pell jumped 2.11 meters to win the high jump. Mohammed Halim took first place in the long jump (6.93 meters) and second place in the triple jump. Evan Whitehall (4.8 meters) and Adam Sansiveri earned first and second place in the pole vault, respectively.

The Cornell women won eight events, including the 400-meter, one mile, and 3000-meter runs among many others.

On the track, Stephanie King (8.82 seconds) outpaced the field in the 60-meter high hurdles, with teammate Joan Casey finishing second. In the 200-meter run, Kari Steed (25.69 seconds) took second and Shonda Brown (25.76 seconds), third. Brown also won the 400-meter run, in which the top four spots went to Cornell runners. Brown finished with a time of 56.48 seconds. She was followed by Linda Trotter, Cameron Washington, and Steed.

In the 800-meter dash, Morgan Uceny finished second and Alison Koplar ended up third. Emily McCabe ran the 3000-meter run in 9:58.65 to pace the field, and Carrie Richards won the mile with a time of 4:55.81, besting teammate Sarah Coseo.

Katie Regan placed second in the pole vaulting competition with a height of 3.30 meters. Sheeba Ibidunni won the weight throw with a toss of 17.83 meters, and finished second in the shotput (12.79 meters).

“We’re all working very hard,” said Regan. “We have a few injuries right now … but we’re pretty good across all the events.”

In a strong individual effort, at Boston University’s Terrier Classic, senior Kate Boyles provisionally qualified for the NCAA championship in the 5000 meters.

Both squads will be back in action on Feb. 5, when they compete against Army and Yale in Ithaca.

Archived article by Josh Perlin
Sun Staff Writer