The men’s track and field team will again try to defend its spot at the Ivy League summit after claiming a sixth straight outdoor Heptagonals title and fourth indoor Heptagonals title in six years. The squad will need to compensate for the graduation of “possibly the best senior class in the history of the Ivy League,” according to head coach Nathan Taylor.
“Losing that group will be a huge hole to fill,” he said.
Last year saw an outstanding performance in the indoor Heps, track’s equivalent of the Ivy Championships, in which the Red set an all-time meet record for points (205) and margin of victory (56 over Princeton). However, Cornell is looking to reload rather than rebuild, and the Red has set its sights set on another indoor Heps title.
The men’s tennis team did not complete the sweep of every event at the Cornell Fall Indoor Invitational last weekend, but it came close. In Cornell’s last tournament of the fall season, the Red had players in the finals of every non-consolation bracket and came out on top in two of the four events.
In singles action, senior Jeremy Feldman advanced to the finals of Flight A and sophomore Evan Bernstein reached the Flight B finals. Cornell settled for a split of the singles titles as Feldman came up just short against Moshe Levy of Binghamton (7-6 (3), 6-3). Bernstein, however, was able to come back from losing a first set tiebreaker to claim the Flight B singles title over Landon Greene of Marist (6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4).
The all-around solid play of the men’s tennis team this fall culminates in the Cornell Fall Indoor Invitational next week. The Red had a mixed bag of results over the weekend at the ITA Northeast Regionals, where the edge of some disappointing losses was taken off by the success of sophomore Andy Gauthier in reaching the finals of the singles consolation bracket.
“We need someone to step up, kick some tail,” said head coach David Geatz. “We have three or four guys that are just a hair away from being a No. 1 guy in the Ivy League. It will be interesting to see if someone can step up.”