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Track & Field - Sat, Feb. 8, 2014

GRINNELL – Junior jumper Ty Person and sophomore distance runner Sam Martinez collected event victories to guide Cornell's women at the Grinnell Indoor Invitational Saturday in the Charles Bear Athletic Center.

The two individual titles helped the Rams to a fifth-place finish in the 12-team women's field with 73.5 points. Central won the meet with 116.5 points.

Cornell tallied 32 points for seventh place in the men's division, won by Central with 172.

Person posted a winning mark of 16 feet, 8 inches in the long jump, which included 11 competitors. She added a sixth-place showing in the 200 (28.41).

Martinez clocked a quick time of 10:29.51 for a six-second victory in the 3000-meter run. The Rams also earned points in the 3000 from Ashley Reynolds (fourth, 11:03.02) and Claudia Gonzalez (seventh, 11:26.01).

Senior Laura Ettlin was a placewinner in the mile (third, 5:23.74) and 800 (fifth, 2:27.49). Junior Madison Acree took third in the weight throw (46-2). Katie Gilbert finished fourth in the triple jump (33-10.25) and sixth in the long jump (14-11.25).

Freshman Sydney Strunk scored points in three events, including a fourth-place effort in the 200 (28.20). She ran anchor leg on the fifth-place 4x200 (1:52.50) and 4x400 (4:20.44) relays. Mariah Brandly and Deidre Franzen were part of both relays.

Preston Ritchie turned in Cornell's top finish on the men's side. The junior was second out of 21 runners in the 200 with a mark of 23.26. Ritchie qualified for the finals in the 60 and placed eighth (7.32). He also took seventh in the long jump (19-9.50).

Kenny Smith cleared 6-2 in the high jump and wound up third. The Rams had two scorers in the 800 with Nobuki Harata (fifth, 2:05.65) and Thomas Guittar (sixth, 2:05.69).

Jackson Engstrom and Parker Kenyon finished seventh (40-4.25) and eighth (40-0), respectively, in the shot put. Kenyon also placed eighth in the weight throw (41-10).

Coming up – The Rams return to Grinnell next Saturday, Feb. 15, for the Darren Young Invitational. The meet gets underway at 10 a.m.