Rams dominate in outdoor opener
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Track & Field - Sat, Mar. 30, 2013

GALESBURG, Ill. – Cornell's track and field teams dominated their competition with 13 event titles Friday at the non-scored Knox College Outdoor Open.

The Ram women won eight of the 15 events in which they participated, led by two-time champion Laura Ettlin at 800 and 1500 meters. Senior Jordan Kemme was a double winner on the men's side, also in the 800 and 1500. Both Cornell squads swept the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

Ettlin and senior teammate Leslie Smebak both broke the 5-minute mark during a tight 1-2 finish in the 1500. Ettlin crossed the line in 4:57.24, edging Smebak in 4:58.07. Ettlin posted a winning 800 time of 2:29.10, followed closely again by runner-up Smebak in 2:31.65.

Tynisha Person was on both of Cornell's championship relays.  She joined Sanjuanita Martinez, Deidre Franzen and Melissa Kraker in the 4x400, which clocked in at 4:27.23. Mariah Brandly, Katie Gilbert and Brianna Meeks were part of the 4x100 that finished in 51.96. Person, Martinez, Franzen, Kraker 4x400

Martinez ran 11:04.92 to win the 3000. Claudia Gonzalez was third (11:25.84) in the race. Meeks (13.38 in 100) and Person (28.26 in 200) added third-place showings in their respective sprint events. Sophomore Emily Haefner took third in the 400 (1:08.67).

Freshman Larissa Brewer won the shot put in her first collegiate meet. The Clinton native, who was a key reserve on Cornell's record-setting basketball team, posted a top mark of 37 feet, 10 inches. Madison Acree finished just .75 inches behind in second.

The women also picked up field event titles from Kraker (high jump, 4-11.75) and Gilbert (triple jump, 34-6.25). Gilbert was runner-up in the long jump (14-11.50), as was Acree in the hammer throw (123-6).

Kemme collected two of the three individual titles won by Cornell's men's team. He prevailed in the 800 with a time of 2:00.67, less than two seconds ahead of runner-up Jacob Butts (2:02.45). Kemme clocked a 10-second victory in the 1500 (4:07.99), which saw Tom Chenault place third (4:21.89).

Sophomore Brennan Stine and senior Marnel Desir ran on the championship 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Preston Ritchie and Ra'Shad Green joined the 4x100 quartet that finished in 43.55. Zach Nelson and Joseph Callan were part of the 4x400 (3:33.45) that won by more than 10 seconds over runner-up Knox.

Green cleared 6 feet, 2.25 inches to win the high jump, where he was an all-conference indoor performer. Jackson Engstrom (128-4) and Parker Kenyon (127-7) wound up third and fourth, respectively, in the discus.

The men received runner-up showings from Stine in the 200 (23.05), Nelson in the 400 (53.40), and Lawrence Dennis in the 3000 (9:16.96).

Coming up – The Rams host the annual Cornell Invitational Saturday, April 6 at Ash Park Stadium. Field events get underway at 11 a.m., with races to begin at noon.