GRINNELL – Cornell's Laura Ettlin defeated a large field in the women's 3000-meter run and sophomore Madison Acree established a school record in the weight throw Saturday at the Darren Young Invitational in Grinnell's Bear Athletic Center.
The Rams had five women score in the field events and wound up seventh in a competitive 10-team field with 37.5 points. Nebraska Wesleyan edged defending national champion Wartburg for the team title, 105-102.
Ettlin earned her fourth event title in three weeks, racing to a winning time of 10 minutes, 36.96 seconds. The 3000 mark stands second in the Midwest Conference this indoor season. The junior distance standout finished two seconds ahead of runner-up Stephanie Rouse of Grinnell in a race that featured 34 competitors.
Cornell senior Leslie Smebak followed close behind in third. Her 3000 time of 10:41.27 ranks fourth in the MWC.
On the men's side, Cornell clocked a quick runner-up time in the 4x200 relay and received a third-place finish from freshman Ra'Shad Green in the high jump. The men's squad scored 19 points for eighth in the men's meet, won by Augustana with 131.
Acree posted a record-setting performance in the weight throw, placing fourth with a mark of 48 feet, 2 inches. She took down the previous Ram record of 47-9, set by Julia Hanson in 2009. Acree also finished seventh in the shot put (38-5).
Freshman Katie Gilbert scored a third-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 33:10.25. Tynisha Person was fifth in the long jump (16-3). Melissa Kraker (4-11) and Mariah Brandly (4-9) finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the high jump. Sophomore Hannah Garvey was eighth out of 34 runners in the 800 (2:30.41).
The Cornell men's 4x200 relay won its heat in 1:33.28, the second-best effort in the MWC. Freshman Kenny Smith anchored the group that included Brennan Stine, Preston Ritchie and Marnel Desir. Cornell finished less than one second behind champion Simpson.
Green tied for the top height in the high jump (6-2.75) and finished third. Smith had another productive day in the field events, placing sixth in the triple jump (41-2.50), seventh in the high jump (5-10.75) and ninth in the long jump (19-10.25).
Senior Jordan Kemme led the men's distance crew with a fifth-place showing in the 3000 (8:58.16). He defeated MWC cross country champion Frank Canady of Grinnell by seven seconds.
Stine was eight out of 35 entrants in the 400 (51.55). Ritchie took 10th in the 200 (23.58).
Coming up – The Rams compete Friday, Feb. 15 at the Dome Open, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa. The meet begins at 1 p.m.