MOUNT VERNON – Junior Laura Ettlin won the mile run and anchored the victorious distance medley relay to pace Cornell's women to a third-place team showing at Saturday's Hilltop Invitational in the Small Multi-Sport Center Arena.
The Rams added three runner-up finishes on the women's side and totaled 63 points to nip Simpson (62) and Dubuque (60) in the 10-team field. Mount Mercy edged St. Ambrose for the team title, 94-90.
Cornell wound up eighth with 19 points in the men's meet, won by Dubuque with 98. The Rams received a second-place effort from the distance medley.
Ettlin remained unbeaten through three races this indoor season. Her and freshman teammate Sanjuanita Martinez repeated a 1-2 finish in the mile from last weekend's Cornell Invitational. Both runners lowered their times Saturday, with Ettlin crossing the line in 5:28.85. Martinez prevailed in a tight battle for second in 5:34.14.
Ettlin and Martinez both came back later in the day to run the final two legs on the distance medley, which posted a convincing 24-second victory over second-place Mount Mercy. They joined sophomores Ashley Reynolds and Hannah Garvey for a time of 13:19.26.
Freshman Katie Gilbert placed second in the triple jump with a distance of 34 feet, 0.75 inches. She bettered her mark by nearly a foot from last week's winning performance. Freshman Mariah Brandly took fourth in 33-1.25.
Sophomore Madison Acree had a pair of top-five marks in the throwing events. She finished second in the shot put (37-5) and was fifth in the weight throw (42-4). The Rams added a fourth-place outing from Angela Dugan in the weight throw (42-11.50).
The women's 4x200 relay of Ty Person, Brandly, Gilbert and senior anchor Brianna Meeks was fourth in 1:54.86. Person came in sixth out of 42 competitors in the open 200 (27.69). The team picked up a fifth-place finish from Maria Helgeson in the 3000 (11:50.99).
On the men's side, freshman Joshua Lindsay brought home the runner-up distance medley in 11:16.76. The relay included Charlie Mesimore, Carsen Kuesel and Jake Butts.
Senior Jordan Kemme recorded the team's top individual effort by placing fourth in the 3000 (9:14.93). Brennan Stine was sixth out of 41 runners in the 200 (23.59). Preston Ritchie took eighth out of 46 entrants in the 60 (7.20).
Stine led off the fourth-place 4x200 relay (1:33.97) that included Ritchie, Kenny Smith and Andy Harter. The 4x400 relay came in fifth (3:35.43) with Stine, Zach Nelson, Joseph Callan and Harter.
Coming up – Cornell's men and women compete in the Darren Young Invitational Saturday, Feb. 9 in Grinnell. The meet begins at 10 a.m.