Last Racing Before HepsXC

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This past weekend,, Yale and Cornell focused on some local meets that will act as their final tuneups before the conference championships this upcoming weekend (gonna join us? Let us know!)

The Yale men sent their B-team (featuring 5 freshmen) to New Britain, Conn., to participate in the CCSU Mini-Meet on Saturday.  The men’s team finished 3rd in the team standings, behind host CCSU (52 points) and Providence (68 points).  Senior Jacob Sandry led the Bulldogs with a 6th place finish (15:10.98) in the 5km race.  All seven Yale runners finished in the top 26of the race (with the top 5 finishing in the top 21). The Yale women sent a larger squad to CCSU (14 in total, 7 freshmen), where the team also finished in 3rd place (77 points).  Regional competitors Boston College (52 points) and Providence (57 points) took the top 2 spots in the team competition.  Yale was led  by sophomore Frances Schmiede in the 3km race, who finished 8th overall in 10:22.03.  Yale’s top 5 finished in the top 21 of the race.  Yale also competed in the sub-varsity 3km race, where the team finished 4th behind New Hampshire, Boston College, and Holy Cross.

The other Ivy competition this past weekend was the non-scoring John Reif Memorial Run in Ithaca, N.Y. , where the women raced a 5km while the men had both 5km and 5-mile races.  In the men’s 5-mile race, it was essentially Cornell versus #4 Syracuse (as those where the only two teams entered in the race).  The Cornell men claimed places 6th through 11th, led by freshman Sam Chauvin (25:37.80).  Cornell men took the top 8 spots in the 5km race, led by freshman Alex Clapacs with a time of 16:19.40 in a race record.  In the women’s 5km race, the race title went to Cornell alumna Rachel Sorna, who dominated the field in a winning time of 17:22.10, besting second place by 30 seconds.   The top Cornell undergraduate runner was freshman Shannon Hugard, who finished in 6th place with a time of 18:20.70.

Next up on the schedule is the Heps Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 1st.  We will begin our HepsWeek coverage tomorrow, where we will provide you our team-by-team previews, some race predictions, and any other interesting tidbits we pick up over the course of the week.

photo by Tim McKinney, Cornell Athletics

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