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Okay, this is a mashed together post as I spent much of my time this weekend at the Hispanic Games at The Armory in New York. If you live in the tri-state (N.Y., N.J. and Conn.) or even down Philly way, you should make a trip to The Armory this year. I’d suggest the New Balance Games (Jan. 26), the Armory Collegiate Invitational (Feb. 1-2), the Millrose Games (Feb. 16) or the New Balance Nationals (March 8-10). Go here for ArmoryTrack.com.
The season is back! Cornell and Princeton got underway this weekend. Cornell hosted the Southern Tier Collegiate at Barton Hall. The event basically consisted of the Big Red. Senior co-captain Victoria Imbesi launched her shot put nearly a foot better than ever before, recording a 50-1 3/4 toss. With that she became just the sixth Ivy Leaguer to push past 50 feet. Here are the results from the Southern Tier.
Meanwhile at Jadwin Gym, the men from Navy and Princeton showed why college dual meets are fun. Navy won by just two points, 91-89, but we need to single out Tiger junior Tom Hopkins for winning the 200 (22.14), the 400 (48.72) and the long jump (7.39m, 24-3). As big as Hopkins is, you think he could do well in the throws. He’d be fun to watch in the decathlon. Here are the results from that dual.
Speaking of dual meets, Jesse Squire — aka Track Super Fan — has created a Dual Meet Hall of Fame and, so far, two of the four inductees are from the Ivy League. They are Yale thrower Jim Fuchs and Penn mid-distance standout Ted Meredith. Each broke a world record in a dual meet as collegians. The others to be inducted so far are formidable — Jesse Owens and Merlene Ottey!
And finally, Cornell freshman Caroline Kellner ran well in Scotland on Saturday, placing 16th for Team USA in the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country Challenge. Competing against a field of 44 athletes representing the United Kingdom and Team Europe, Kellner was the fifth runner for Team USA, running 15:08 for 4k on the demanding course. It was the first time a Cornell undergraduate has represented Team USA in international cross country competition since Pam Hunt and Laura Woeller did so at the 1992 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Here is a Twitter shot of the results.
Oh, and four of the Mass Transit Racers beat the B/C train from 72nd Street to 81st Street on Saturday. Pretty pathetic showing by the subway so far.