No. 10 Cornell started season with both team and individual wins against Army
No. 10 Cornell at Army
ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Big Red women's cross country team kicked off the fall season on Friday with its traditional dual meet against the Military Academy at Cornell's Moakley Course. And the No. 10 nationally ranked Big Red got off to a promising start, winning both the team and individual competitions. Cornell was assertive from the start, ultimately taking the first 15 places in a 15-50 sweep of Army.
Senior co-captains Rachel Sorna and Emmy Shearer were 1-2 throughout the race. Sorna powered to a 17:20.4 for the 5,000 meters, over 35 seconds faster than the course record for a non-Gorge Moakley Course set by Katie Kellner '13 in 2011. Despite a wrong turn Shearer finished second in 18:00.6.
Freshman Taylor Spillane had a solid college debut, moving up throughout the race to place third in 18:02.1. Sophomore Kristen Niedrach had a big breakthrough to place fourth in 18:04.6 for a big PR and senior Liz Simpson rounded out the Big Red top five, crossing the line in 18:10.1. Sophomore Claire DeVoe was in Cornell's top seven for the first time in her career, running 18:13.9 for sixth and junior Marianne Collard had a good start to her season, running 18:19.6.
The annual dual meet was contested on a very wet and soggy course. Due to irrigation issues that have wreaked havoc with parts of the Gorge all summer, as well as heavy rain this week, the Moakley Course was revised. As with the meet against Army two years ago, the Gorge was removed and the harriers added an extra "C" loop at the end, producing a virtually identical course as 2011.