With influx of new talent, former Columbia coach Kenny Blakeney is working to transform HBCU basketball
When Kenny Blakeney joined Jim Engles’ staff in 2018, he was trying to satisfy “an itch.”
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It is a common misconception that only the top five finishers from each team matter in a cross country meet. Even though the sixth runner breaks a potential tie and the rest of the finishers add points onto rivals’ scores, some coaches tend to focus primarily on their top racers, believing that they have a bigger impact on meet results....
Seniors leave it all on the course as women’s cross country clinches third straight Ivy title, Vasbinder claims top men’s honors
The crowd began to close in on the runners even before the starting gun’s smoke had cleared the air. Its eagerness—and unabashed intensity—is emblematic of the importance of the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships to the cross country community....
It was a busy weekend for the Columbia cross country team, which competed in not one but two meets in as many states. The team’s goal was to solidify its roster of top runners who will compete in two weeks at the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships, originally named to represent the seven teams that competed in it....
Vasbinder first, Hays second after Columbia tests its luck against national opponents at the Roy Griak Invitational
This weekend at the Roy Griak Invitational, Columbia men’s and women’s cross country teams proved they can keep up with—and indeed even outpace—top Division I schools....
Part of the challenge of the first race of the cross country season, director Daniel Ireland said, is that it’s difficult to know what to expect.
The men’s basketball bench often depicts the entire range of human emotion in rapid succession. In the first game of the season—a loss against a tough Marist squad—one could find head coach Jim Engles walking the length of the floor, alternately stone-faced and shouting, raising his arms above his head to encourage defense. One could find assistant coach Jesse Agel barking suggestions down into the low post, careening with every turnover or sloppy play....