September 15, 2008

Cross Country Continues Dominance Against Army

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The men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their seasons by dominating their competition at West Point, N.Y. The Black Knights proved no match for the Red, as Cornell men took the top-6 spots in their meet. The women claimed nine of the 10 fastest finishes, including each of the top-3.
On the men’s side, Cornell simply outran Army. Army senior Jonathan Anderson was the lone member of the Black Knights to finish among the top-12.
“I thought the team ran really strong,” said senior Zac Hine. “We had a really strong pack up front. A lot of the younger guys ran really well.”
Sophomore Adrien Dannemiller won the 8000-meter race with his time of 26:55.70.
“I was feeling really good and ended up taking the lead about three miles or so into the race,” Dannemiller said. “I’m really surprised that I won the race. I was just really pleased.”
Junior Charlie Hatch took second place by finishing exactly seven seconds later. A time of 27:03.50 was good enough for senior Andy Miller to take third in the event. Classmate Sam Luff pulled in a few seconds later to earn a fourth-place finish. Sophomores Max Kasak and Nate Edelman finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively.[img_assist|nid=31714|title=Push it real good|desc=The men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their seasons by handily defeating Army at West Point, N.Y.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
“We didn’t really want to go all out,” said Hine, who finished 11th. “We wanted to stay in control. We know that even though we ran well, we still have a long way to go. We want to focus on the meets that count, which are two months from now.”
The women enjoyed similar success during Friday’s meet. Junior Stephanie Pancoast won the 5000-meter race by finishing in 18:24.90. Senior Fiona Cundy crossed the finish line just two seconds after Pancoast en route to a second-place finish. Classmate Marie Parks was right behind her and earned third place.
Army junior Ashley Morgan claimed fourth place, but the Red owned the remainder of the 10 fastest finishes. Sophomore Katie Sullivan placed fifth, while senior captain Aeriel Emig finished sixth. Freshman Meghan Brown finished seventh in the first race of her collegiate career. Sophomore Kim Standridge took eighth place.
“I wasn’t really satisfied (with my time), but it wasn’t that bad,” Standridge said. “[I was] a little disappointed, but I have room for improvement.”
While not every individual on the team performed up to expectations, the team as a whole was stellar.
“We were trying to use that meet to see where everyone’s at,” Standridge said. “We were not surprised, but we were happy with our performance. Everyone is in great shape. Compared to teams in the past, we look really good.”