The second week of the new cross country season found the Panthers taking part in the Oneonta Airfield Invitational, hosted by SUNY Oneonta. Racing in a strong field made up almost entirely of four-year schools, the Panthers had four runners cross the finish line, including three runners that posted better times than last week. Robert Brehm (Groton/Groton H.S.) was the first Panther, running a 32:28 on the 8k course, nearly matching his time from last week (32:27). Brehm was the 35th individual runner.
History was made Saturday as the first cross country team ever fielded by Tompkins Cortland Community College took part in the Bruce Bridgeman Invitational hosted by Finger Lakes Community College. Six Panthers ran in the field of 50 runners, with Robert Brehm (Groton/Groton H.S.) taking the honors as the first Tompkins Cortland runner to ever cross a finish line, finishing in 14th place with a time of 32:27 on the 8k course. The race was won by Hunter Brignall from Finger Lakes with a time of 28:26. Finger Lakes took the team title with a score of 55; Tompkins Cortland was seventh with a score of 163.
Cross country coaching legend Rich Bernstein has joined Tompkins Cortland Community College's first cross country coaching staff. Bernstein, who recently retired after more than three decades at Ithaca High School, will work with Peggy Dunham as the Panthers enter NJCAA competition in cross country in the fall of 2019.
Tompkins Cortland Community College has a coach for its new men’s and women’s cross country programs. Peggy Dunham has been hired to spend this year recruiting and then leading the Panthers into NJCAA competition in the fall of 2019.
Tompkins Cortland Community College is adding cross country as a varsity sport, starting with the Fall 2019 semester. The Panthers will field men’s and women’s teams in Region III of the National Junior College Athletic Association (N.J.C.A.A.). A search is underway to hire a coach in time to spend the next year recruiting student-athletes for the 2019 teams.