Staying together for the kids? How about keeping the kids together for the grown-ups.
Baseball has been doing it since Branch Rickey orchestrated the purchase of minor-league teams in 1920s St. Louis. In the modern game, with revenues skyrocketing, new attendance records every season and profits as high as ever, young talent in the MLB is often as prized as a dominant starter or established power hitter.
In today’s game, a young right-hander in the Bronx can have his own t-shirt and catchphrase, and a third baseman with an all-American smile has made the sports world believe that the bastard child of the AL East can compete with the big boys.
So sure, Joba Rules, and Evan Longoria helped bring a pennant to (smirk) Tampa Bay.
Four quantitative reasoning and physical/biological science courses for all Arts and Sciences students. All PAM majors must cover nine Human Ecology credits outside of their major. Each and every ILRie will spend a semester with Professor Gold and labor law.
However, there is only one requirement that bonds all Cornellians who hope to ever escape East Hill, baccalaureate degree in hand:
Seventy-five yards of watery peril.
Indeed, the only shared experience every Big Red undergrad is guaranteed to have by graduation day is successful completion of the infamous Cornell Swim Test and two physical education courses.
The men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the prestigious Penn Relays this weekend, and returned home with several key event wins and personal best times, which they then compounded with a strong showing at the Big Red Invitational back in Ithaca.
Cornell enjoyed beautiful weather while facing some of the best track and field competitors in the country at the 115th running of the Penn Relays at outdoor Franklin Field in Philadelphia. On Thursday, the men notched several great performances in the distance events, as senior Zach Hine and sophomore Nate Edelman both met the NCAA Regional qualifying time in the 5000 meters, finishing 14:10.72 and 14:04.14, respectively.
The Red continued on its path back to respectability in Ivy League play by splitting a Tuesday home-field doubleheader with conference foe Yale.
Cornell dropped the first game, 3-2, but picked up a win in the second match, 4-2, bringing its record to 4-12 overall and 2-2 in Ivy play, while the Bulldogs sit at 6-9 and 2-2.
“I definitely think that we’re playing a lot looser now,” said sophomore first baseman Jadd Schmeltzer after the win. “We’re starting to get to that level where, you know what, we’re going out there and we’re confident, and we’re getting ready to play the best baseball we can.”
Over Spring Break, the men’s and women’s track and field teams had a great showing at the Cal State Northridge and the UC-Irvine Spring Break Invitationals, posting several quality performances.
At the Northridge Invitational, held over the weekend of March 14, the men’s highlights included grabbing four of the top five places in the 400 hurdles, as Aaron Merrill ’08, freshman Nick Huber and junior Mike Kippins went Nos. 1, 2 and 3. Merrill and Huber both posted IC4A qualifying times, finishing at 53.45 and 53.46 seconds, respectively.
Women’s basketball ended its season with a loss against Princeton (13-4, 8-5 Ivy), 76-55, finishing a disappointing sixth in the Ancient Eight and failing to make a return to the NCAA Championship. Cornell (10-6, 6-8 Ivy) finished first in the Ivy League last year.
In her final game representing Cornell, senior f[img_assist|nid=35921|title=Hover|desc=Princeton was senior Shannan Scarselletta’s last game.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]orward Shannan Scarselletta scored 18 points, going 4-for-4 from the line. Junior guard Allie Fedorowicz also tallied 18, while junior guard Virginia McMunigal led the team with nine rebounds.
The game was also the final contest for senior guard Lacey Workman, who played 21 minutes and tacked on four boards.
The Red hopes to keep their early win-streak alive as they travel to Villanova, P.A., on Sunday to take on the Wildcats in a short two-game series.
Cornell opened-up its season with a convincing sweep of Navy in Annapolis, M.D., in a two-game set that was cut in half by inclement weather.
The Wildcats, meanwhile, have had a rough opening to their spring, coming-in to this weekend’s matchup with a 2-6 record, having faced the likes of L.S.U. and N.C. State.
The Red was led by a balanced offense one night, and a big scorer the next, to split a weekend series at Newman Arena against Dartmouth and Harvard –– picking up a key conference win in the process.
On Friday against the Green (14-10, 9-1 Ivy), the Red took down the Ivy League’s best defense with four players scoring in double-digits, winning an exciting matchup, 66-61, in overtime.
“We focused more on scoring in transition; we wanted to get quick shots,” said head coach Dayna Smith.
The team also emphasized making the right adjustments mid-game once it was brought face-to-face with the fierce Dartmouth defensive front.
“We weren’t successful in our first crack at it, so we changed our mentality and took quicker shots,” said Smith.
With the weight of a four-game losing streak on its shoulders, the women’s basketball team welcomes Yale and Brown to Newman Arena this weekend for a chance to pick up two crucial Ivy League wins.
In preparation for the big doubleheader weekend, freshman swingman Allison Abt said the Red has been focusing on “defense and team concepts” in practice.
The first game, against the Bulldogs (10-12, 3-5 Ivy), will tip off tonight at 7 p.m.
[SIDEBAR]Although its defense was formidable, Cornell produced its worse offensive performance of the season in a loss to Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H., Saturday night, 55-36.
Shooting only 21 percent from the field, the Red (7-13, 3-5 Ivy) was unable to get into any offensive rhythm in the face of the Green’s (12-9, 7-0 Ivy) defensive pressure, and was unable to reach 20 points in either period. The loss is Cornell’s fourth-straight against an Ivy opponent, following the team’s 3-1 start in conference play.[img_assist|nid=35188|title=On the run|desc=Freshman forward Allison Abt (34) dribbles away from a Princeton defender Feb. 6. Abt scored 11 points against Dartmouth, with six rebounds.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]