DUBUQUE – Cornell's women's track and field team crowned three individual champions and scored 145 points for a runner-up finish at Saturday's University of Dubuque Open at Douglas J. Miller Track.
The Rams recorded top-3 finishes in nine different events and challenged host Dubuque, which won the seven-team women's meet with 166 points. Cornell picked up wins from senior Leslie Smebak (1500-meter run), sophomore Madison Acree (shot put) and freshman Katie Gilbert (triple jump).
Cornell took second out of eight men's teams with 96 points. The Rams, led by senior Jordan Kemme's title in the 1500, edged third-place Clarke by 1.5 points. Dubuque claimed the team crown with 237 points.
Smebak ran away from the other 21 competitors in the 1500. She posted a winning time of 4 minutes, 55.58 seconds, which ranks second among Midwest Conference runners this outdoor season. Freshman teammate Sanjuanita Martinez was runner-up in 5:09.24.
Gilbert captured her third outdoor win in the triple jump. She posted a top mark of 34-7.5, beating her closest challenger by more than two feet.
Acree racked up 23 points in three throwing events, which included a winning shot put mark of 38-5. She placed second in the discus (117-6) and was fourth in the hammer throw (127-11). Freshman Larissa Brewer took runner-up in the shot put (36-4.75) and fourth in the discus (110-3).
The Rams added runner-up finishes in the women's 5000 (Maria Helgeson, 19:48.91), long jump (Mariah Brandly, 15-11.5) and javelin (Kylie Cockrum, 79-4). Brandly was third in the 400 hurdles (1:14.69) and ran leadoff on the third-place 4x100 relay (52.81). Freshman sprinter Brianna Meeks was fourth in the 100 (13.23) and fifth in the 200 (28.17).
On the men's side, Cornell claimed three of the top four spots in the 1500. Kemme outdistanced the 20-man field in 4:12.06. Sophomores Lawrence Dennis (4:19.36) and Thomas Chenault (4:19.70) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Freshman Arturo Hernandez placed second in the 5000 (16:19.20). The 4x100 quartet of Brennan Stine, Preston Ritchie, Marnel Desir and Ra'Shad Green also took second in 43.61. Stine clocked his best outdoor time in the open 100 (11.37) and finished fourth.
Coming up – The Rams may field a couple entries in the Drake Relays, held April 25-27 in Des Moines. The team will compete at the Loras Open Saturday, April 27, in Dubuque.