January 24, 2006

Track Captain Ibidunni Sets Records for Red

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Over the past decade the women’s track team has been a consistent model of success not only in the Ivy League but the nation as well. The Red has captured an unprecedented seven consecutive indoor Heptagonal track and field championships as well as several strong finishes in the more elite ECAC championship.

One of the secrets of the success to head coach Lou Duesing’s program – who is entering his 16th year at the helm – is the sense of determination and work ethic that he has instilled in his athletes throughout his tenure. These two qualities are particularly evident in the career of senior co-captain Sheeba Ibidunni.

Although she was a standout and state qualifier at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colo., in the shot put and discus, Ibidunni was not highly recruited by Cornell coming into her freshman year with the team. She still decided to try out for the team, however, and made it as one of only a handful of walk-ons.

On top of this fact, the coaching staff of the Red