MOUNT VERNON – The Cornell women's track and field team won four event titles on its way to a runner-up finish at the season-opening Cornell Invitational Saturday in the Small Multi-Sport Center Arena.
The Rams crowned four different individual champions and totaled 109 points in the five-team women's meet, won by Loras with 153. The women won the head-to-head meeting with the Coe Kohawks, 90-71, to secure one point in the inaugural Bremner Cup All-Sports standings between the rival schools.
Freshman Kenny Smith scored in five events to pace the Cornell men's team, which took third with 73 points. Loras posted a winning score of 232 points, followed by Coe with 94.
Coe earned a Bremner Cup point for the men's 82-73 head-to-head win over the Rams. The Kohawks now hold a 6-5 advantage in the Bremner Cup race, with wrestling, baseball, softball and men's tennis still to be decided.
Cornell's women picked up distance titles from senior Leslie Smebak and junior Laura Ettlin. Smebak ran away from the field in the 3000-meter run, clocking a winning time of 10 minutes, 47.79 seconds. She crossed the line more than 32 seconds before the next finisher.
Ettlin won the mile in 5:31.24. Freshman teammate Sanjuanita Martinez was second in 5:41.43.
Sophomore Madison Acree set a personal record with a winning shot put mark of 39 feet, 1.25 inches. She edged out Loras' Morgan Steere by a slim margin.
Freshman Katie Gilbert won the triple jump in her collegiate indoor debut. She posted a top mark of 33-1.25 on her fifth attempt.
The Rams received a runner-up showing from Tynisha Person in the long jump (15-7.5). Also in the field events, freshman Mariah Brandly was third in the triple jump (23-0.25) and Acree third in the weight throw (43-9.75).
Ettlin (2:32.44) and Martinez (2:34.83) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 800. Ashley Reynolds (20:34.95) and Maria Helgeson (20:41.21) went 3-4 in the 5000.
Smith showed his versatility for the Cornell men, compiling 33 team points in five events. He anchored the Rams to their lone event win in the 4x200 relay, which included Brennan Stine, Zach Nelson and Marnel Desir. The quartet finished in 1:35.90, more than five seconds ahead of runner-up Coe.
Smith tied for second place in the high jump (6-0.75). He added thirds in the long jump (20-3.75) and 200 (23.66), along with a fourth in the triple jump (40-4). Smith's 200 time was just .02 seconds behind champion Zac Gassman of Loras.
Junior Anthony Bridges cleared 13-5.25 in the pole vault to finish second. The Rams had three runners score in the 400. Stine was third (53.14), followed by Nelson (54.39) in fourth and Joseph Callan (55.19) in sixth.
Tom Chenault (16.22.80) and Jordan Kemme (16.54.39) wound up third and fourth in the 5000. Sophomore Charlie Mesimore ran 4:46.10 in the mile to take fourth.
Coming up – The Rams are back on their home track Saturday, Feb. 2 for the Hilltop Invitational. Field events start at 9:45 a.m., and running events at 10:30 a.m. Saturday's field includes NIACC, Dubuque, Trinity Christian, William Penn, Clarke, Simpson, Mount Mercy, Southwestern Community College, Iowa Wesleyan and Beloit.