Cortland Track and Field Thrives in Front of Home Crowd

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Over the last week, the Cortland Red Dragons track & field teams got to run on their home turf twice. Once on Saturday during the Cortland Classic, and again on Tuesday during the CNY College Challenge.

Cortland claimed seven victories during the course of the Cortland Classic, and also had 15 people post times that were All-Atlantic Region Track and Field Conference (AARTFC) times.

Two Red Dragons qualified in the hammer throw, including David Bernstein who won the event with a distance of 55.79 meters.

Three more Red Dragons qualified in the 800 meter, including the top three finishers, who were all Red Dragons, Richard Samuels, James Forte, and Nolan Vest. It’s always great to see Cortland sweep the podium.

Cortland also saw wins in two units during the 4×100 relay, the 110 meter hurdle, the 400 meter hurdle, and triple jump. To go along with all of these wins, there were plenty of other top 10 finishes for Cortland. All of these top 10 finishes resulted in an AARTFC time.

Cortland then had the opportunity to follow up their good performances on Saturday with an even more dominate performance on Tuesday during the CNY College Challenge.

Cortland took six team victories and finished with 265 points. The next highest point total was Ithaca, with 67 points. So it is definitely safe to say that this one was never really close. The men’s track and field team added to nine more AARTFC times during the CNY College Challenge.

It seems safe to say that Cortland took full advantage of the home field advantage to have some really good performances.

When asked about getting to run at your home school, distance runner Nolan Vest expressed enjoyment about the opportunity.

“It was great to run well in front of the home crowd, and to sweep the 800 was an awesome feeling.”

When asked about the team’s performance, he said that “we saw a lot of great performances from the team this weekend and it was definitely a big confidence booster as we get closer to the conference and regional meets.”

According to the schedule, there is going to be at least one more opportunity to catch the Cortland Red Dragons track and field team here in Cortland this season. The Atlantic Region Outdoor Championships, which take place on May 15th and 16th.

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