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Cornell won both the men's and women's championships today at Yale . . .
Princeton had a mediocre meet, so as is becoming custom in the past few years they let the second place team (played by the Cornellians) back in both mentally and in the scoring and the Cornell folks rose to the occasion. A bizarre ending occurred when, Princeton being down by 5, Princeton and Cornell were sparring in front of the 4x4 -- when the Cornell anchor bumped the Princetonian causing him to fall -- a DQ -- but Princeton could only recover to 5th, thus they only gained 2 pts. Penn needed to have an excellent meet to be in the mix for a third championship in a row (they did not have such a performance, ending up 3rd) but Sam Burley won the 800 and the 1500 in 3:46 and 1:49, keeping in mind the day before he won his trial heats in 3:45 and 1:53. He is most certainly ready for the difficulties of the trials and finals at NCAA's. Also, in Tom McArdle's absence Steve Sundell of Columbia ran a excellent race. The best field performance was Brian Chaput
of Penn whose worst jav throw of the day was better than the best throw of the second place finisher; all 6 of his throws were over 70 meters. With a team effort, Cornell did very well in the jumps, however.
the women: the Ivy League website said it best when Cornell superstar Katy Jay did everything but drive the bus. She scored over 30 points by herself winning the 200-400, coming in second in the 100, and anchoring both the 1st place 4x100 and the 1st place 4x400. This does not diminish Cornell's overall team performance, which included Sarah Herskee who scored in three throws and Jessica Brown scoring the jumps and running events, as well as Caitlin Ramsey's excellent hurdle race. The athlete of the meet was actually divided in two for the O'Neill sisters, who finished their careers at Yale with performances that boggle -- 1-2 in the 10000, 1-2 in the 5000, and 1-2 in the 3000 all in the span of about 24 hours. Still, their 54 points, plus Yale speedster Joslyn Woodward, were not enough to overcome the Big Red.
succinctly, Princeton men allowed Cornell in the game and Cornell took the challenge and blitzed to a narrow victory . . . the Cornell women simply had to get the job done and that's exactly what they did