Track Stays Home to Host Big Red Invitational

The track team will continue its march to the postseason with the Big Red Invitational this Sunday. The Red will compete against several local schools in what will be the second-to-last track meet held at Cornell this season.
Several of Cornell’s athletes will not compete at the event because of the ongoing Penn Relays. The prestigious event in Philadelphia began Wednesday and will continue into the weekend. Even though some of the top performers for the Red will not compete at the Big Red Invitational, the meet still has important postseason implications for Cornell.
“It’s going to be a spot for some guys on edge about going to the conference championship meet to prove themselves,” said junior Charlie Hatch.

Red Will Team With Penn To Battle U.K. Track Teams

Both the men’s and women’s track teams have been sleeping with the enemy this past week, metaphorically speaking. Cornell has been hosting the Oxford and Cambridge squads since Tuesday as they get set to compete in the traditional biennial Cornell-Penn vs. Oxford-Cambridge meet this weekend in Philadelphia. Those on the Red’s squad who do not make the trip to Franklin Field will travel this weekend to Cortland to compete in the Cortland Invitational.
For over a century, the Cornell track team has united with its counterpart at Penn to compete against the two British universities. The meet will be scored according to traditional British rules in which each event title will be worth one point. There are 19 total points that can be accumulated.

Track Heads to Quaker Invite

The Cornell track and field teams will see action tomorrow in the Quaker Invitational at the University of Pennsylvania. The meet comes on the heels of a weeklong training trip to Irvine, Calif., which concluded with the UC Irvine Spring Break Invitational.
The Red’s intense practice schedule will help the team perform at its peak later in the season, but it has left many sore and fatigued.
“At Irvine, it’s usually just a long week of training,” said junior thrower Scott Jaffee. “We have two-a-days there and we train pretty hard, so we’re pretty tired by the end.”

Track Dominates Invitationals

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.

Sports Briefs: 3-10-09

Despite Limited Showing, Track Showcases Individual Talent in Run-up to NCAAs

Both track squads were in Boston over the weekend for their respective championship tournaments: the men attended the IC4As at Boston University while the women attended the ECACs at the Reggie Lewis Track.
With the NCAAs coming up, just a few athletes on either squad competed, although more than 60 qualified.
The men finished 19th in a field of 48 schools.
Upperclassmen excelled — senior sprinters Nate Crabtree and Marcel VanEeden placed ninth and sixth in the 200 m and 400 m. Junior Dale Taylor finished 13th in the 5000 m. The 4×400 relay team of VanEeden, Crabtree, and juniors Michael Kippins and Rick Zamora clocked in for fourth.

Sports Briefs: 3-6-2009

Fencers Travel to MIT For NCAA Regional Championships

This weekend some of the fencers will head to MIT for the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, where each squad will face off against about 40 other women from 19 schools. 10 fencers from each weapon will make it to the NCAA Championships held at Penn State on March 19-22; each school can send a maximum of two members per weapon.
Team and co-epee captain junior Katherine Thompson, junior Sallie Dietrich and junior epee co-captain Tasha Hall will represent the Red’s epee squad. All three qualified for the Championships last year, but Thompson could not attend since she would have been the team’s third delegate.

Track Continues to Dominate at Indoor Heps

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.