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THE PRESS STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, COLLEGE AT CORTLAND Volume XVIII Number 10 Cross Country Team qualifies College Relations their codtinued dedicatiOn and patience. I think these 14 For the second consecutive · runners have come a long season, both the Cortland way and deserve a lot of men's and women's cross credit.\ country teams have qualified A perennial national for the NCAA Division Ill qualifier, the Cortland Cross Country Champion- women are making their fifth ships. The Red Dragon units, trip in the NCAA Division by finishing among the top III Women's Cross Country units at Saturday's New Championship six-year York Regional Qualifier at history. The Red Dragons Saratoga Spa State Park, will were fifth in 1982, third in compete at the NCAA finale 1983, fifth in 1985 and ninth Saturday at Hope College, in 1986. Holland, Mich. The Cortland men, in their \Hopefully having four first national since the origin men and four women back of the NCAA Division Ill from our national teams of finale, placed 17th in 1986. last year will help us when we Next weekend, 13 women's face the best in Michigan this squads and 21 men's teams Saturday,\ said Cortland will vie for the national head coach Jack Daniels. crown. ~\\!. \It's really encouraging The Cortland men, paced and rewarding to have both by senior John Waldron's se- men and women make it to cond place showing, finished nationals who haven't been second behind the University good enough to make it in of Rochester in the 20-team the past. It speaks well for regional meet. Rochester, Gymnasts to defend title By ROB ADAMO Staff Writer This past Saturday, for the seventh time, the Alumni men gymnasts gathered forces at Cortland · to challenge the 87-88 Red Dragon gymnastics team. The Alumni hopefuls gathered seasoned talent for this strategic event by reaching out nation-wide to tap such notables as former high bar All American Jeff Stark, who traveled all the way from Oregon. The atmosphere was charged as the Alumni were determined to show the Red Dragons that they still had the right stuff. In 1979, the Red Dragons won their first NAGL title and had their first All America competitor. The Cortland Gymansts have achieved All American status 54 times since 1979. In each of the past three years, Cort- land has been voted the top Division III team in the na-· tion. No other New York State College or University has qualified more gymansts in the last eight years for the NCAA Division I Cham- pionship than Cortland. In spite of such strong past per- formances, head. coa~h Eric . Malmberg contends that this ·season will be better yet, as he remarked, \This year's team will be one of the best in years.\ Although his l~st two teams were National Cham- pions, .a seem.ingty: hatd act to foltow, he sees nothing b~t a promi$ifig 87-88 season ahe;td. HWe h;;tve a. Y0tt,ng team· apd I'm ·fairly pleased thus fatj. l se~. taleiJ;t.& that 1 have· never. seenlfi -trfiy,df .Jriy other groups. J! .-_.,...--~ Malmberg plans to do some new and varied routines with his S7-88 Red Dragons and is optimistic about another championship year because of the high caliber of this year's team. The 1 p.m. starting time showed the two teams facing each other eager to begin the six event competition. In the first event, floor exercise, freshman Jeff Denney over- whelmed the crowd with his brilliant performance, ap- parently the judges agreed as Denney was awarded a 9.2 in the event. \Jeff is a fine young gym- nast, for a freshman he has alot of talent and these next four years will be quite pro- mising for him as well as the team,'' said Malmberg. But the Alumni managed to score the first event higher overall edging the Red Dragons 43.9 to 43.6. In the second event, the pommel horse, sophomore Rikki Daniels exhibited a fine performance scoring a 9 .1. This changed the lead going into the third event 83.8 to 81.4 in favor of the Red Dragons. Next on the agenda was the rings, which coach Malmberg considers the Red Dragon's weakest event. Senior Dan Tassone scored a 9.1 for the Red Dragons, but it wasn't quite enougb to win the event as the Alumni scored higher overall and re- , captured the lead, 122.6 to 120.6. In the fourth event, vaulting, :Red Dragon Jeff · Def!neycatne away with a 9.1 btit the · AluJWti gave .no ground sccrtif}g higher ov~raU and kept tl)e. lead·. 166.2 to 1.6:3.5.. The par;atlel :· bats followed with sophomore Rikki ·Daniels scoring· · •the hig9 mat:_k of the da)r~ att-im~ J with 41 points, Cortland with 62, and third place St. Lawrence at 187, qualified their entire squads. Other top team efforts included: RIT 148, Ithaca 171, Albany 178 and Fredonia 209. \As expected, Rochester ran real well and I think a couple of our runners are just getting back to earlier racing fitness,\ said Daniels. \We are pretty even and I hope we can both represent our region well at nationals. All in all, I think Rochester, Cortland and St. Lawrence will make a good showing at Nationals. The competition was really tough and some good athletes didn't make it this year.\ St. Lawrence's Jukka Tamm is uo led l he !50-runner field with his win- ning time of 25:05, 12 seconds ahead of Cortland's .. - ~~-::.~-~~~;-.~(1 Waldron. Other Cortland finishes in- cluded: junior Mark Gaffney in eigth place at 25:37; junior Ed Stickles 16th in 25:50; sophomore Joe Keany 18th in 25:09; senior Peter Gor- don 25th in 26:11; junior Steve Cammisa 27th in 26: 14; and senior Dave Nettleton 33rd in 26:33. In the women's race, the top three teams earned na- tional trips. Cortland, finishing behind Ithaca with 42 and Rochester with 45, made the cutoff with 84 points. ''With SIX of our seven runners turning in personal bests, we did what we had to do to make it to the na- tionals: our goal for the season,\ said Daniels. • 'I hope Ithaca and Rochester are really the se- cond and fifth best teams in the country as currently ranked because we know where we stand with two great teams. I think we are still improving and look for- ward to the race in Michigan. It's reassuring to have our se- coml through seventh run- ners so closely bunched.'' Ro~.:hester's Josepha Ben- zoni led the 95 runners by finishing in 16:52. Cortland senior Barb Schmitt paced the Dragons in fifth place at 1 7:50. Red Dragon sophomore Mary Selleck, senior Diane Everard and sophomore Bridget Lalley finished 18th, 19th and 20th, respectively, in 18:38, 18:40 and 18:41. Fourteen women's teams plus 38 individual qualifiers will compete on Saturday, while 21 men's teams and 37 individuals will be at the NCAA Championship. Michael Somlian/Th~ Press Cortland State's Jack Garcia pushes the puck forward during Wednesday night's 6-3 victory over the Binghamton Colonial Dragons ice Binghamton, 6-3 pressive 9.4, winning the event for the Red Dragons. \Rikki is as big surprise, he has one of the most creative parallel bar routines we!ve ever put together,\ were the words of his coach Eric Malmberg. As the · sixth and final event, the horizontal bars, approaehed, the Alumni still maintained their lead 207.1 tb205.3. . ''The .. horizontal bars. is a . very qifft~\Jlt event, .it i$ not one of. ·our ~tronge.r . events, but ·.rfgltt 'riow· it iS'sti'Il up in the ait,' 1 .noted M~tm&erg. · · Pete ·oonetlo, a senior, gave it his best shot scoring an 8.5, leaving the 87-88 team several points short of the Alumni. The Alumni held on to beat the Red Dragons 242. l to 237 .8, giving them their seventh consecutive win and best overall score up to date of 242.1. At the conclusion of the , meet. Malmberg went on to say, \I am very proud today and ·1 think ·we are lo<5king good at this point , in \the . Trivia What was the last colllel!e baskttball team tc• be •nv.n•\···• ed in The t'inal .four three consecutin years? Name the team and the year. Answer in the Dec. 11 issue of The Press. Answer from ·Nov. 13: ~season. B1:1t we still nave a lot· to work 6n ::tnd dght nnw w;e . The. l·.OS. Ang~les ·.O:..ItnPIQ I need to concentnite· on our recorde-d ·33 consecutive strength arwe will have· tintH· . t«)l!i~s· duri.n·g · .. ~lte : . Jantiary to·do 'so.,, u~~=------ ..... ...1

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