Cornell crowned three individual champions and had six runner-up finishes at the season-opening Sol Butler Classic Saturday hosted by the University of Dubuque. No team scores were recorded.
"I thought we had a decent start at Dubuque," Cornell head coach Lonnie Speidel said. "The kids that competed all fought hard and set a good tone for the rest of the indoor season. We were not at full strength due to various reasons so I'm looking forward to getting those athletes back that weren't able to compete on Saturday."
The Rams picked up distance wins from senior Kirkwood Donavin (Salt Lake City, Utah/West) in the 3000-meter run and sophomore Elise Mead (Andover, Minn./Andover) in the mile. Senior Madison Craw (Mason City/Mason City) added a title in the shot put.
"Kirkwood and Elise both ran outstanding races, Elise more by herself, and Kirkwood against some quality Augustana men," Speidel said. "Our field events individuals had some good first-meet performances, especially Madison in both throws and Christal Harris in the triple jump."
Donavin got his season off to a rousing start, topping the 35-man field in the 3000 with a meet-record time of 8 minutes, 45.40 seconds. He finished more than four seconds ahead of runner-up Justin Smith of Augustana. Junior Chase Nowak (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain) came in fifth for the Rams in 8:51.74.
The Cornell women dominated the mile run, securing the top five places led by Mead with a winning mark of 5:18.28, also good for a new meet record. Senior Allie Jagielo (Almond, Wis./Tri-County) took second in 5:26.62, competing for the first time since September when an injury cost her the final two months of the cross country season. Laura Ettlin (Torrance, Calif./West), Andrea Aerts (David City, Neb./East Butler) and Leslie Smebak (Roseau, Minn./Roseau) followed in spots 3-5.
Craw won the shot put with a mark of 41 feet, 5 inches, establishing a meet record. Teammate Raquel Ristau (Cresco/Crestwood) finished fourth in the event. Craw also scored a third-place finish in the weight throw (44-02.50).
Junior Christal Harris (Harrisonville, Mo./Fort Osage) took runner-up in the triple jump with a mark of 34-02.25. The women also received a second-place finish from senior Allison Newman (Arvada, Colo./Pomona) in the 800 (2:30.42) and a third-place showing from sophomore Lauren Seeman (West Des Moines/Valley) in the 3000 (11:22.69).
Sophomore Andrew Harter (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) had a solid meet, placing second in the 200 (23.63) and running a personal-best 6.80 in the 55. Matt McGowan (Winona, Minn./Winona) was second in the 800 with a mark of 2:06.51. Roli Teko-Folly (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Osseo) cleared 6-1.50 in the high jump to place second.
"We need to move forward both from a fitness standpoint and a technical standpoint," Speidel said. "The quadrangular on Saturday will be a little bit smaller than Dubuque but it will still provide us with some quality competition to keep moving forward as a team."
Sol Butler Classic
Saturday, Jan. 17
University of Dubuque
A.Y. McDonald Indoor Track
Cornell women's results
55 hurdles - 10. Christal Harris 10.32. 200 - 12. Harris 29.09, 23. Elsie Freland 31.27, 25. Melissa Kraker 31.61, 26. Kelsey Remeikis 32.48, 28. Laura Sanchez-Lopez 33.54. 800 - 2. Allison Newman 2:30.42. Mile - 1. Elise Mead 5:18.28, 2. Allie Jagielo 5:26.62, 3. Laura Ettlin 5:32.09, 4. Andrea Aerts 5:34.63, 5. Leslie Smebak 5:41.95, 7. Claudia Gonzalez 5:51.29. 3000 - 3. Lauren Seemann 11:22.69. 4x400 relay - 8. Cornell (Harris, Newman, Remeikis, Kraker) 4:38.97. Shot put - 1. Madison Craw 41-05, 4. Raquel Ristau 38-04.25, 7. Kelsey Harper 34-05.75. High jump - 7. Kraker 4-07. Triple jump - 2. Harris 34-02.25. Weight throw - 3. Craw 44-02.50, 5. Harper 43-02.50, 6. Ristau 42-02.25.
Cornell men's results
55 hurdles - 12. John McElroy 9.29. 55 - 11. Andrew Harter 6.80, 27. Vincent Osborne 7.11. 200 - 2. Harter 23.63, 10. Zach Nelson 24.90, 25. Chris Sedar 26.28. 400 - 6. Scott Riedel 54.15. 800 - 2. Matt McGowan 2:06.51, 4. Carsen Kuesel 2:19.43. Mile - 5. Adam Rooyakkers 4:32.43, 7. Ben Jacobs 4:39.94, 9. Thomas Guittar 4:51.74, 10. CJ Horan 4:54.04. 3000 - 1. Kirkwood Donavin 8:45.40, 5. Chase Nowak 8:51.74, 14. Michael Kelso 9:36.89. 4x400 relay - 7. Cornell (McElroy, McGowan, Riedel, Rooyakkers) 3:39.28, 11. Cornell (Nelson, Kuesel, Sedar, Marshall Kraker) 3:48.24. Shot put - 9. Kraker 39-10.50, 12. Jonathan Araujo 38-09.50, 16. Jackson Engstrom 35-05. Pole vault - 5. Anthony Bridges 12-11.50. High jump - 2. Roli Teko-Folly 6-01.50, 7. Tyrel Garner 5-09.75, 8. Kraker 5-09.75. Long jump - 21. Sedar 15-07.75. Triple jump - 4. Garner 38-07.50. Weight throw - 15. Engstrom 35-01, 17. Araujo 34-05.75.