Only one thing separated the men’s and women’s track teams from both claming the Ivy League title last season: 1/100 of a second.
The women were victorious and got to feel the satisfaction of achieving their season-long goal, but the men were left with a horrible, lingering taste in their mouths that they’ve been longing to get rid of since falling short exactly 368 days ago.
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The culprit of all the dismay for the men’s squad was none other than Ancient Eight rival Princeton, which has again been neck and neck with the Red this season as the top-2 track powerhouses of the Ivies.
This weekend the men’s and women’s track teams will stay at home to compete in the Marc Deneault Invitational and face the final opportunity to fine tune the squad and make preparations before Heps.
“The only goal we really have is to fill the other three Heps qualifying spots,” said men’s head coach Nathan Taylor. “We’re allowed to compete with 33 players at Heps and 30 have made it so far. We just want to try to fill in the last few spots.”
The Marc Deneault Invitational is unscored and will consist of 23 teams.
“In pole vault we have four guys who are trying to qualify with similar season bests,” Taylor said. “We probably won’t be able to take all of them so there will be a lot of competition in that event.”
The men’s and women’s track teams will face their final sprint this week before the start of the Indoor Championship season, which will commence with the Cornell-hosted Heptagonal Championships.
“One of our goals for the year is to win Heps and be Ivy League Champions,” said junior Jimmy Wyner. “We want to keep improving and become one of the most recognized teams in the league.”
Coming off an impressive showing in their backyard at the Cornell Open, the men’s and women’s track teams will travel to New York City to compete in the Lafayette and Rider co-hosted event at The Armory and will then face a strong field at the Robert J. Kane Invitational back here in Ithaca on Sunday.
The Red hosted the Cornell Open last weekend and saw the women and men win 13 and 11 events respectively including eight ECAC qualifiers for the women and 11 IC4A qualifiers for the men.
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There’s no place like home for the men’s and women’s track teams as they host the Cornell Open today and tomorrow. It’s the first time the two squads have remained in Itahca since the Cornell Relays on Dec. 1. The Red will host in-state rival Syracuse, among other team.
Fortunately for both the men and women, they will be facing an Orange squad at less than full strength. Part of the Syracuse squads will be in New York City for the weekend at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.
In their largest competition of the year so far, the men’s and women’s track teams continued their success and showed their strength against a nationally competitive field at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup.
The women placed third out of the 13 teams and were highlighted by junior Maria Matos’ NCAA Provisional Qualifying 61-7 1/2 throw to place third in the weight and put her in third place all-time in that category at Cornell.
The women also had 12 ECAC qualifiers and 11 top-5 finishes.
“I like what’s happening so far this season,” said women’s head coach Lou Duesing. “So many people are setting personal bests and breaking school records.”
The men’s and women’s track teams continued their record-breaking years at the Harvard Select Invitational last weekend. The men produced three men’s NCAA Provisional qualifiers in the same meet for the first time taking first place. The women fell just short of matching the men’s first-place finish, slipping into second place after leading heading into the final event.
“Every meet is a stepping stone for the championship events at the end of the season,” said men’s head coach Nathan Taylor. “We have many guys performing well and qualifying for IC4As and the NCAAs already, which is very exciting.”
Coming off wins at the Upstate Challenge, the men’s and women’s track teams will travel to Cambridge, Mass., to compete in the Harvard Select Invitational against Ivy League rivals Harvard and Brown.
The Red, who has yet to see either upcoming opponent so far this season, has serious momentum going into the meet after record-breaking performances at both the Penn State Relays and the Upstate Challenge to start the season.
Players emphasize that Harvard and Brown cannot be overlooked, however, expressing that they must take each meet one at a time.
After only one event, coaches and players on the men’s and women’s track teams seem to be happy and satisfied with the quick start to their seasons.
Leading the women were two NCAA provisional qualifying performances and 10 ECAC qualifying performances at the Penn State Relays. The women then added another seven ECAC qualifying performances at the Upstate Challenge this past weekend.
“Across the board people are doing good things and are excited about the year,” said women’s head coach Lou Duesing. “I like what’s happened so far this season and now we want to keep the momentum and expand on the positives.”
Junior Jeomi Maduka led the women with two NCAA provisional qualifying performances.
While most students got to enjoy their final weekend without tests, the men’s and women’s track teams passed their first test of the new semester with flying colors. Both squads won their first scored meet of the season, the Upstate Challenge.
The wins followed strong performances by both squads at the Southern Tier Collegiate Open and Penn St. Relays over the holiday break.
Junior Garrett Huyler highlighted the Upstate Challenge, hosted by Cornell in Barton Hall on Saturday. Huylyer soared to an indoor school record of 7-1 in the high jump, making him an NCAA Provisional qualifier.
“I’m really excited,” Huyler said. “It’s nice to do well after all the practice and hard work. Our results really showed the effort we put in as a team.”