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The Cornell women’s cross country team is about to take a flying leap into the national standings after crushing the field at the Paul Short Invitational.
The Big Red finished 2-4-9-13-27 in a field of 360 runners. Katie Kellner was second in 20:22, 24 seconds behind Dartmouth All-American Abbey D’Agostino — who is rapidly becoming the favorite to win the national title. Backing up Kellner was Rachel Sorna (fourth), Emily Shearer (ninth), Devin McMahon (13th) and Kate Rosettie (27th). Freshman Caroline Kellner was just one spot behind Rosettie.
“It’s a great step, but the exciting thing is we’ve got a lot of steps still in front of us the remainder of the season, and I think they’re going to continue to get better and better,” said Coach Artie Smith. “That’s what they’ve been doing every week since they’ve been back in school. We’re excited about today, and that means we’re even more excited about looking ahead.”
The team score of 55 was nearly half that of second-place William & Mary (102) and third-place Georgetown (106). The Hoyas are the defending national champions. Yale was an impressive and balanced fourth (147) followed closely by D’Agostino’s Big Green (149). Full women’s results.
The men’s elite race at the Short was won by Villanova (69) ahead of William & Mary (100), Georgetown (101) and Dartmouth (175). Cornell, Yale and Columbia’s B team were sixth, seventh and eighth. The top individual finish among the Ivies was Big Green junior Will Geoghegan in fifth (24:15), 18 seconds behind winner Mark Dennin of Georgetown. Nick Wade of Cornell — best known as an 800m runner — was 14th overall in 24:28. Full men’s results.
Meanwhile, the Columbia A squad has been sitting on a U.S. Airways jet on the tarmac in New York for quite some time as the Lions head to Kentucky for the Greater Louisville Classic, which has three top 10 teams. It is also an opportunity to run on the course that will host NCAA Nationals. Things are so boring on the plane, Lion senior Mark Feigen has tweeted us a photo!