DUBUQUE – Cornell junior Madison Acree broke her own school record in the hammer throw and guided the Rams to a runner-up team finish at Friday's University of Dubuque Open.
Acree and sophomore distance runner Sam Martinez captured individual titles for Cornell's women, who scored 150 points in a close battle with the host Spartans (164) for the team crown.
The Ram men placed third out of 10 teams with 97 points, highlighted by a win from junior Parker Kenyon in the discus. Ashford edged Cornell by two points for second, while Dubuque posted a winning score of 185.
Acree launched a winning toss of 156-5 in the hammer, improving her program record from two weeks ago by more than four feet. The mark stands third in the Midwest Conference, and ranks 33rd nationally in Division III. Acree was the only thrower in the 14-woman field to top 150 feet.
Acree also landed second-place finishes in the discus (117-04) and shot put (39-9.25). Sophomore teammate Larissa Brewer was third in both the discus (115-10) and shot put (38-8.25).
Cornell headlined the women's 1500-meter run, fielding five of the top nine finishers. Martinez took the victory in 4:51.82, followed by Laura Ettlin's second-place time of 4:54.99. Rachel Moline was fourth (5:09.07), Laura Wetzel eighth (5:16.80) and Genevieve Grant ninth (5:24.17).
Freshman Sydney Strunk anchored Cornell to runner-up finishes in the 4x100 (52.85) and 4x400 (4:18.24) relays. She placed third in the 400 (1:01.58). Nikki Leach, who ran leadoff on the 4x100, wound up third in the 400 hurdles.
Melissa Kraker was second in the high jump with a season-best mark of 5-1. Katie Gilbert (35-4) and Leach (33-11.50) went 2-3 in the triple jump. Kylie Cockrum took second in the javelin (97-3), Ty Person third in the long jump (16-1.75).
Kenyon and freshman Charles Zilaitis combined for 35 points in the men's throwing events. Kenyon established a PR in the discus with a winning throw of 144-4, while taking fourth in the hammer (134-10).
Zilaitis placed second in the hammer with a season-best mark of 155-1, which ranks second in the MWC. He was also runner-up in the shot put (45-5.25) and fifth in the discus (132-1).
Preston Ritchie was third out of 19 runners in the 200 (22.39). He finished fifth in the 100 (11.32).
Coming up – The Rams compete at the Loras Open next Saturday, April 26, in Dubuque. Action begins at 10 a.m.