February 1, 2008

Harriers Compete In NYC, at Penn St.

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track team will attempt to do something the New York Knicks struggle with: succeed in Madison Square Garden. Select members of the Red are in New York City today to compete in the Millrose Games, which will be broadcast on ESPN2. The rest of the men’s squad will join the women as they head to Penn St. for the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup.
Seniors Aaron Merrill, Adam Seabrook, Mike Smayda and Ian Ward, juniors Jay Harding and Marcel van Eeden, sophomore Charlie Hatch and freshman Cody Boyd will represent the Red at the Millrose Games. The Red will try to improve on a pair of fourth-place finishes from a year ago, as the runners will compete in the 4X400 and 4X800 relay events today.
Senior Saidu Ezike will also represent Cornell in New York City’s Millrose Games, as he will run against some of the nation’s top hurdlers.
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“That’s a fun meet,” Merrill said. “It’s a good way to show people what Cornell is made of. A lot of people are going to watch that meet.”
While the Red will face a tough challenge in the Millrose games, the competition will not be much easier in Pa. Members of the men’s team not competing in the Millrose Games will be competing today and tomorrow in the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, hosted by Penn St. The members of the Red competing in the Millrose games will travel Friday night to join their teammates for the remaining events at Penn St.
Merrill stressed the importance of the meet in Pa., noting that Ivy rival Princeton will be there.
“They’re our biggest rival in the Ivies,” Merrill said.
The women’s team will also be competing at the Sabock Challenge.
“[The meet] is pretty important because we have a lot of meets coming up,” said sophomore runner Lindsay Broyhill. “There is going to be a lot of good competition.”
Broyhill will be running the 800-meter dash. Her classmate and fellow runner, Jess Weyman, will be running 400 meters in three separate events: the 400-meter dash, the distance medley relay, and the 4X400 meter relay.
“I hope to do just as well as I did last weekend,” Weyman said. “I’d love to see our DMR [distance medley relay] do really well and qualify for the ECACs.”
Weyman believes the team will perform better this weekend than they did at last weekend’s Harvard Select Meet.
“We just had a pretty competitive meet last week,” she said. “Even though we lost, I think everyone has that fire in them now. We’re going to see some better performances I think.”
After facing mostly inferior teams so far this season, many of the women believe this meet is important so that they can see how they compare to some of the nation’s better teams.
“I want to take advantage of the competition,” Broyhill said.