Kemp sets standard at Cornell (Cross Country)

September 14, 2011
Chandler Kemp

Even though the Cornell University men’s cross country team graduated its top three runners from last year, the Red still have Chandler Kemp of Haines.

And that may be enough.

The senior captain brings a ton of Ivy League experience to a team loaded with younger runners looking to break out. He is responsible for showing them the right way.

“I want to convey a love of the sport, excitement to race well and train well and put it out there,” Kemp told The Cornell Daily Sun student newspaper. “We’ll perform and train at our best, without fear, but with joy.”

Cross-country running at the NCAA D1 level can be overwhelming for some because of the intensity of the training and preparation on and off the trail. It demands commitment and sacrifice.

Kemp embodies a team captain with his hard work.

“He worked really hard this summer,” said Cornell coach Robert Johnson said. “He ran a lot … on the first hard workout he crushed everyone.”

Kemp kept it going at the season-opening tri meet with Army and Binghamton in Ithaca, N.Y., where he passed an Army runner at the finish to snag second place with a five-mile time of 26:27.