Ah, September. Sports fans fully comprehend how dreadfully dead the months of July and August can be. Between the NBA playoffs and the start of the NFL season, therein lie the middle months of baseball, a sport that clings to life with few headlining series after an exciting beginning of the season where teams typically etch their names into their division banners early on. But I guess that when the voices of Buck, Costas or beloved Berman begin to fall hard on your ears, you can always flip channels to soccer or more likely, the World Series of Poker.
The Red (2-0) has flown out of the gates this season with victories against Georegtown and Davidson over the weekend –– raring to prove that they are not a second-place team. The team was led by senior attacker Kelley Kantarian, who was named the Co-Ivy League Player of the week. Kantarian had three goals on six shots in addition to an assist over the course of the weekend series.
The guy that hauls up a 3 with .4 seconds on the clock. The guy that smashes his opponent into the glass to preserve the 1-1 tie in overtime. The girl that makes a diving catch in left field with the bases loaded in a one-run game.
You are probably not that person.
You are where you dreamed you’d never be. Sitting next to a few other guys, maybe even wearing the number of someone who actually plays because jerseys only run up to 99 and your team has over 100 players. When people ask you why they’ve never seen you on the field or the court, you reply that you are on the bench. They smile at you and nod, although you can feel a slight change in how they regard you from when you had told them you were on the team.
Over the weekend, the track team teamed up with Penn’s track and field team at Franklin Field in Philadelphia for an international win. The Red represented the red, white and blue, as well as individually: both the men’s and women’s squads scored enough points to win the event on their own.
The biennial event was scored following traditional British scoring, with event winners notching one point for their team.
Of the 16 points scored by the American tag-team in the 16-3 win, 10 were scored by the Red.
Sophomore Adrienne Dannemiller won the 3000-m steeplechase in 9:02.40. The steeplechase is an international event that appears during the Olympics. The event includes 28 hurdle jumps and seven water jumps, which are 3.94 meters long.
On Wednesday, the Red (5-16) faced off against local rival Binghamton University (9-11). Sophomore Taylor Wood started for the Red against freshman Mike Augliera, who got a no decision. Wood was superb as he went seven strong, only allowing four hits and one earned run, and balancing five strikeouts against two walks.
Binghamton was the first to strike in the top of the 2nd, but the Red responded quickly in the bottom half of the inning with a homerun from sophomore Jadd Schmeltzer. The Red gutted out a win as senior third-baseman Nathan Ford went 2 for 4, driving in junior Scott Hardinger in the 6th and senior Adam Jacobs in the 8th for an insurance run.
The Ancient Eight came together this past weekend to redefine the age-old moniker, “Ivy League,” at the Gordon Track in Cambridge, Mass. At the most important track meet of the season, the Indoor Heptagonals, both Red squads flew by their Ivy counterparts in dominating fashion.
On the women’s side, the Most Outstanding Performer went to track phenom senior Jeomi Maduka, who is now tied for the most individual Indoor Heps championships with 10. Maduka broke three meet records in the triple jump, long jump and 200 m, with measurements and times of 43-10 1/2 ft., 20-6 1/2 ft. and 24.51 s. Her measurements in the triple and long jump were both NCAA autoqualifiers.
Parting was such sweet sorrow but victory was just sweet for the Red as both the men’s and women’s squads were split between the Kane Invitational at Barton Hall and the Virginia Duals at the Armory in New York City.
At home, the squads faced many of their upstate rivals. The Red excelled as the squads totaled 10 event wins, eight of which were by the women.
The women’s team saw their experienced leaders emerge victorious, as the seniors trumped the competition. Janice Nsor won the 60-m with a time of 0:07.78, Tameka Royal took first in the 400-m dash with a time of 1:00:21 and placed third in the 200-m dash with 0:27.01 and Carissa Jones took first in the 500-m with a time of 1:21:71.
One of the top-25 jumpers in America can often be spotted getting his grub on at the Robert Purcell Community Center Dining Hall. How to spot him? According to men’s head track coach Nathan Taylor, “He’s a very quiet, unassuming guy … other than the fact that he’s 6-8. He kind of sticks out in the crowd.”
Senior jumper Garrett Huyler has won numerous laureates during his track career at Cornell. He holds the Cornell all-time outdoor and indoor high jump records at heights of 7-2.5 and 7-1, respectively. He is a Heps champion. He came within one centimeter of qualifying for the Beijing Olympic trials.
The men’s and women’s track and field teams are off to the races at Penn State this weekend. The Red will compete at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup against athletes from the USTFCCA No. 10-ranked host school, as well as from Appalachian State, Akron, Bucknell, James Madison, Kent State, Liberty, West Carolina and West Virginia.
Events at the Horace Ashenfelter III Track will begin tonight and conclude tomorrow afternoon.