MONMOUTH, Ill. – Sophomore Brennan Stine placed in four events to pace Cornell's men's team at the Midwest Conference Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend at Monmouth College.
Stine was responsible for nearly half of the Rams' 36.5 points over the two days. Cornell finished seventh in the 10-team meet, won by 12-time defending champion Monmouth with 228.5 points.
Stine ran the opening leg on Cornell's runner-up 4x200 relay, which gained all-conference status with a quick clocking of 1 minute, 30.85 seconds. Sophomore Preston Ritchie, senior Marnel Desir and freshman anchor Kenny Smith made up the foursome that was less than two seconds off school-record pace. Monmouth posted a winning time of 1:29.05.
"Brennan was a workhorse for us, as he has been all season," Cornell head coach Dan Schofer said. "His leadoff leg on our 4x200 relay jump-started the whole weekend for our team. All four of those 4x200 members did their part, and that made it fun to watch. Brennan has improved a lot from last year. He always competes with tenacity and inspires his teammates to perform even better."
The Rams also picked up an all-conference top-three performance from freshman Ra'Shad Green in the high jump. Green cleared 6-2 and finished third in the event, won by St. Norbert's Randy Hill (6-6). Smith jumped 6-0 and tied for sixth.
Junior Anthony Bridges tied for fourth in the pole vault with a season-best mark of 13-7.25.
"Ra'Shad, Kenny and Anthony all came through with strong scoring efforts," Schofer said. "Ra'Shad and Kenny have both had a nice impact on our program as freshmen, and I am excited to see what they can continue to accomplish. Anthony consistently comes through in the clutch and recorded his best mark in the vault."
The distance medley relay of Jacob Butts, Carsen Kuesel, Thomas Guittar and Josh Lindsay competed well and came up one spot shy of an all-conference medal, taking fourth in 11:07.30.
Stine recorded his top time in the 400, placing fifth in 50.86. He was seventh in the 200 (23.15), while also running the first leg on the fifth-place 4x400 relay (3:34.56) that included Zach Nelson, Joseph Callan and Desir.
Ritchie advanced to the finals in the 60. He finished eighth in 7.27.
"Our men racked up a ton of personal-best performances in both scoring and non-scoring positions," Schofer said. "We are not where I would like us to be overall as a program, but we have some good young athletes and a strong team dynamic. I look forward to seeing us continue to improve this spring and into the future."