Banner year for record-setting Rams
The Ram wrestlers turned in a record-setting year to go with their new wrestling room, crowning four All-Americans and propelling the Rams to their highest national team finish in 45 years at the NCAA Division III wrestling championships. Coach Mike Duroe’s Rams placed seventh in the team race, marking the program’s best finish at the Division III level. It was Cornell’s first top-10 national finish since the 1963 squad took fifth in Division II. Senior Chris Heilman (third at 125 pounds), sophomore Nick Nothern (sixth at 133), senior Pat McAuley (seventh at 157), and junior Kyle Kehrli (sixth at 174) earned All-America honors for placing in the top eight in their respective weight classes. Cornell had not crowned four All-Americans in a national tournament since 1950.
Junior Rachel Hawkins and Freshman Andrew Tobben set a number of records this past fall as both became Cornell’s first all-region cross country runners since the early ’90s. Hawkins was only three seconds and two places short of qualifying for nationals after she finished 13th in the regional race, while Tobben finished 35th in his first collegiate season. Hawkins’ time of 22 minutes, 56 seconds broke her own 6K school record set earlier this year.
Women’s soccer Head Coach Mike Joyce was named Coach of the Year in his first season at the helm, as Cornell placed third in conference and made the IIAC tournament for the third year in a row.