The men and women’s track teams will be competing in the annual Cornell relays this weekend. This indoor meet will consist of 17 teams — including nearby Colgate, Syracuse and Ithaca College — as Cornell looks to continue its recent regional success.
Acting as a building block for the rest of the season, the Cornell relays will be the Red’s first and last meet of 2008. The Red will not compete for a month over winter, highlighting the importance of coming out strong at the relays and showing that it has not lost its stride since last season.
Having won the last six outdoor Ivy League championships and four out of the last six indoor Ivy League championships, the men’s team is expecting to come out strong this weekend.
After recording its seventh consecutive Outdoor Heptagonal Track and Field Championship a year ago, the women’s track team will have its sights on this year’s championship season, which include the Outdoor Heptagonal, Indoor Heptagonal, ECAC and NCAA championship meets. Head coach Lou Duesing will lead the Red for a 19th season and will look to a strong core of returning competitors.
Leading Cornell this year is senior Jeomi Maduka. Maduka, a champion in five events, is coming off a strong summer. She competed in this summer’s Olympic Trials as well as in the North America Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) meet, where she not only won a gold medal, but also posted a personal best by jumping nearly 22-0. The Red will rely heavily on Maduka’s versatility this year.
Having to live up to the Cornell tradition of women’s polo can be tough — 12 national titles in the last 35 years is quite a feat. This year, though, the Red is playing for more than just tradition. The squad’s fall season consists of 14 matches, 13 of which it has already won. The pressure of going undefeated is well documented, but Cornell has taken it in stride.
The men’s and women’s swimming teams will dive into Ivy action this weekend with a meet against Dartmouth and Harvard. For the second straight year, the Red, Green and Crimson will start off their seasons competing against each other.
This season, both the men’s and women’s meets will be held in Cambridge. Dartmouth hosted the meet a year ago, in which both Crimson squads swept the Red and Green.
Cornell would like to overcome last year’s mediocre seasons with a strong showing this weekend.
Both the men’s and women’s squash teams took to the court against Ivy League foes this weekend in a tournament formally known as the Ivy Scrimmages. Both teams came out of the weekend with strong showings as they prepare for the upcoming regular season.
The men’s team, with a starting lineup dominated by freshman and sophomores made history beating Harvard for the first time in 47 years.
“For the first time ever they beat Harvard,” said men’s head coach Mark DeVoy. “First time in 47 years. That’s a pretty big deal…no one has ever put Harvard in the back drawer of a tournament before and we just did it.”
Though it was just a scrimmage, it was apparent that DeVoy couldn’t have been more impressed by the way his team competed.