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Ithaca College track and field and cross country hold annual alumni events multiple times per year. The upcoming Boston University Valentine Invitational on Feb. 9 will mark another event that will bring alumni and current athletes together.

Alumni outreach keeps track and field running

By Julia Wallace, Staff Writer February 8, 2024
Ithaca College prides itself on alumni relations years after a student graduates. The college hosts annual alumni weekends, invites alumni to speak to students about their field and successes, and provides a safe space where they are always welcome regardless of how long it has been since they have been students. Following in this spirit, the men’s and women’s track and field teams have gone to impressive lengths to harbor a strong tie between their current and previous athletes. 
Graduate student pole vaulter Dom Mikula is heading into his sixth year competing in college. Because of eligibility loopholes, he will be able to compete in the winter and spring seasons.

Student-athletes navigate COVID eligibility loopholes

By Jess Moskowitz, Staff Writer December 6, 2023
In Spring 2020, the NCAA announced that student-athletes who did not compete in the 2020 spring sports season because of the COVID-19 pandemic would be granted an extra season of eligibility. 
As a long distance runner, senior Patrick Bierach races in all three competition seasons including cross country and indoor and outdoor track. Runners often have less than a week of rest between seasons.

Distance runners battle with three-season strain

By Flynn Hynes, Staff Writer November 15, 2023
Unlike most athletes, long-distance runners often participate in three separate competition seasons throughout the academic year: cross country in the fall, indoor track in the winter and outdoor track in the spring. This rigorous schedule — usually with no more than a week off between racing periods — comes with a great responsibility to manage not only time and academics, but also stress and injury prevention.
From left, graduate students Paloma De Monte and Julia Tomanovich opted to return to the Ithaca College women’s cross sountry team after competing as athletes for five and four years, respectively.

Two runners take on new position for women’s cross country team

By Julia Wallace, Contributing Writer August 23, 2023

As the Ithaca College women’s cross country team prepares for its racing debut, there are some familiar faces behind the scenes helping the coaches lead their athletes to success. Graduate students Paloma...

Senior runner John Blake developed Achilles tendinitis in spring 2018 and took a leave of absence in the fall to preserve his eligibility. Blake will be competing with the mens cross-country team this season.

Back on Course: Senior runner took leave of absence to stay eligible

By Dani Pluchinsky, Staff Writer August 29, 2019
Senior runner John Blake took a leave of absence last fall to preserve his eligibility after he developed achilles tendinitis.
How IC Sports: Cross-country’s success and hair

‘How IC Sports’: Cross-country’s success and hair

October 4, 2018

Hosts Cal Dymowski and Kaitlin Maniscalo are joined by cross-country junior Garrett Bampos and sophomore Chris Singer. The four talk about the team's success, what they think about while running, racing...

Senior Denise Ibarra runs the 3000-meter race at the Marc Deneault Invitation on Feb. 17 at Cornell University.

WATCH: Senior makes strides with less intense training

By Dani Pluchinsky, Assistant Sports Editor February 21, 2018
Senior distance runner Denise Ibarra changed the way she trains over the summer and has seen a noticeable improvement in her final season.
During the academic year, senior Taryn Cordani and other members of the cross country and track and field teams balance their schedules between a year-round schedule consisting  of academics and athletics.

Track and field athletes manage year-round season

By Jack Murray, Staff Writer January 24, 2018
Athletes that run cross-country and track and field have to manage competing in a sport in all three seasons.
Cross-country places in the top 15 out of 42 teams

Cross-country places in the top 15 out of 42 teams

By Will Gaglioti, Contributing Writer September 29, 2017
The men's cross country team placed 12th and the women's cross country team placed 14th in the Lehigh University Paul Short Run.
Female athletes feel pressure to look good while competing

Female athletes feel pressure to look good while competing

By Maddison Murnane, Staff Writer March 30, 2017
Societal norms pressure female athletes to focus on looking good on top of being prepared for competition.
Senior Sean Phillips runs in the Jannette Bonrouhi-Zakiam Memorial Alumni Run on Sept. 3 on the Upper Terrace Field. He placed 148th at the NCAA National Championship on Nov. 19.

Senior runner discuss first trip to National Championships

By Becky Mehorter, Staff Writer November 28, 2016
Senior Sean Phillis was the only member of the Ithaca College men's cross-country team to race at the NCAA National Championship this year.
IC womens cross-country places 11th at NCAA Championship

IC women’s cross-country places 11th at NCAA Championship

By Becky Mehorter, Staff Writer November 19, 2016
The Ithaca College women’s cross-country team and men’s cross-country team member senior Sean Phillips competed at the NCAA Championship on Nov. 19.
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