Opening Round Championship Series
March 15-17, 2013
St. Louis, MO
Cornell College's team 1178 competed at the AMTA Opening Round Championship Series tournament this weekend at Washington University in St. Louis. Our team faced squads from Loras College, Central College, host WashU, and the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Team 1178 consists of seniors Tim Bingham, James Hoeffgen, and Tom Kirk; junior Claire McGuire, sophomores Tommy Cooke and Sam Stacy, and first-years Sarah Bertschy and Maria Goodfellow.
The team finished 7-1 and took first at the Opening Round Championships site in St. Louis. Tim Bingham received an outstanding attorney award.
The National Championship Tournament will be held April 12-14, 2013 in Washington, DC and is hosted by the University of Virginia School of Law. This is the second consecutive trip for Cornell Mock Trial to the National Championship Tournament, and the fourth time in the program's seven year history. Past trips to the National Championship Tournament were in 2012, 2010 (finishing 6th), and 2009.
Yale Invitational (team 1178)
December 1-2, 2012
New Haven, CT
Macalester College Invitational (teams 1180 and 1179)
December 1-2, 2012
St. Paul, MN
Cornell College split its force this weekend with Team 1178 heading to compete at the Yale Invitational in New Haven, CT, and Teams 1179 and 1180 heading to Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota.
Team 1178, consisting of Tim Bingham, James Hoeffgen, Claire McGuire, Tom Kirk, Thomas Cooke, Maria Goodfellow and Sarah Bertschy, finished second at Yale in a strong field consisting of Harvard, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Wellesley, Princeton, and the University of Georgia. With a record of 10 wins and 2 losses, Team 1178 finished second only to Harvard in the "varsity" division, due to a tie-breaking procedure. Team 1178 ran the table the last three rounds, taking 9 ballots in a row from Yale, Wellesley, and the University of Rochester. Congratulations to Team 1178 on a terrific performance this weekend.
Team 1180, consisting of David Miller, Tim Wiley, Chris Machold, Evan Andersson, Eric Andow, Gwen Morrison, Micah Hawker-Boehnke, Katelynn Raney, and Yolanda Jones took 10th place at Macalester with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses. This tenth place finish is made even more impressive by the fact that 8 of the 9 members of Team 1180 are in their first season of collegiate mock trial and that the team was forced to carry on despite several members falling ill. A huge congratulations to Gwen Morrison and Evan Andersson who carried the torch for a teammate who couldn't perform and to David Miller, Tim Wiley, Chris Machold, Eric Andow, and Micah Hawker-Boehnke for carrying on in the face of adversity.
Team 1179, comprised of MacKenzie Dreeszen, Angela Lubkeman, Leonard Schlanger, Kahn Branch, Kenny Capesius, Laurel Frasel, Nora McKenzie, and Sam Stacy, put forth a strong showing finishing with a record of 4 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie. Notably, Team 1179 competed against the team that won the tournament in the final round and lost a ballot to that team, which ran the table with 8 wins, by only a single point. Sam Stacy was recognized as an outstanding witness for his portrayl of Hayden Hathaway, the owner of a scuba diving company. Leonard Schlanger was recognized as an outstanding attorney for his portrayl of a defense attorney. A huge congratulations to Team 1179 on a hard fought weekend, and to Leonard and Sam on their individual honors.
Cornell Mock takes a break from competing for the Christmas holiday for the remainder of the semester and will be back in action in January as the team pushes its way toward the post-season tournaments.
November 9-10, 2012
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
On November 9 and 10, Cornell's A Squad, consisting of Tim Bingham, James Hoeffgen, Maria Goodfellow, Tom Kirk, Claire McGuire, Thomas Cooke, and Sarah Bertschy, after only four days of preparation for their newly assigned roles, competed at the Mid-South Invitational Mock Trial Tournament hosted by Middle Tennessee State University. In a field of 41 teams, Cornell finished with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses, narrowly missing a place in the top 7 teams. Cornell took on teams from nationally ranked programs including Middle Tennessee State University, Rhodes College, and Wheaton College.
In addition to an outstanding team performance, Maria Goodfellow and Thomas Cooke were both recognized as outstanding witnesses. Maria received her second outstanding witness award of the season for her portrayl of Dr. Quincy Montgomery, a doctor specializing in underwater medicine. Thomas was likewise recognized for the second time for his portrayl of Dr. River Tran.
Congratulations to the A squad, and to Maria and Thomas, for an outstanding performance. The Team next competes at the Cornshucker Invitational hosted by the University of Iowa on November 17 and 18.
Illinois State Invitational
November 2-4, 2012
McLean County Courthouse, Bloomington, IL
The Cornell College Mock Trial team competed at the Illinois State Invitational held at the McClean County Courthouse in Bloomington, Illinoins, on November 2 through November 4. In a strong field that included nationally ranked Miami University of Ohio, Loyola University, Ohio State, and Michigan State, White Squad, consisting of Tim Bingham, Claire McGuire, Kahn Branch, Sarah Bertschy, Gwen Morrison, Micah Hawker-Boehnke, Laurel Fraser, and Sam Stacy, took home top team honors, placing first in a field of 30 teams with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss. Cornell's Black and Purple Squads put in a strong showing with records of 4 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie, and 4 wins and 4 losses respectively.
Newcomer Maria Goodfellow was the only Cornellian to take home individual honors, earning a perfect 20 for her portrayal of Dr. Montgomery, an expert in the field of medicine and diving. Maria was the only witness at the tournament to be awarded a perfect score for her performance.
Congratulations to White Squad, Maria, and all of the Cornell mockers on a hard fought tournament. Cornell's top squad will next compete at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on November 9 and 10, while the remaining two squads will take a week off to learn new roles in preparation for a tournament at the University of Iowa on November 17 and 18.
Richard Calkins Invitational
October 27-28, 2012
Drake University, Des Moines, IA
On October 27 and 28, the Cornell College Mock Trial team competed in the Richard Calkins Invitational hosted by Drake University in Des Moines. In a field of 20 teams, all three of Cornell's teams placed in the top ten and took home the top team honors. Black Squad, consisting of James Hoeffgen, Angela Lukeman, Eric Andow, Katelynn Raney, Nora McKenzie, Maria Goodfellow, and Kenny Capesius, won the tournament with a record of 7 wins, 0 losses, and 1 tie. White Squad, comprised of Tim Bingham, Claire McGuire, David Miller, Sam Stacey, Kahn Branch, Gwen Morrison, Laurel Fraser, and Sarah Bertschy, finished 5th, with a record of 5 wins, 2 losses, and 1 tie. Purple Squad, led by returners Tom Kirk, MacKenzie Dreeszen, and Leonard Schlanger, with newcomers Yolanda Jones, Micah Hawker-Boehnke, Chris Machold, Tim Wiley, and Evan Andersson, finished 8th with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses. The extraordinary team success is a testament to the hours of hard work put in by the members of the team in preparation for this tournament.
In additional to the extraordinary team success, Cornell also took home four individual awards. Tom Kirk was recognized as an outstanding attorney for his performance as a plaintiff's attorney. James Hoeffgen was recognized as an outstanding attorney for his work as a defense attorney. In only their second collegiate mock trial tournament, newcomers Sarah Bertschy and Nora McKenzie were both recognized as outstanding witnesses, both for their moving portrayl of the grieving widow, Andy Allen. Nora was the only outstanding witness at the tournament to be awarded a perfect score for her efforts.
Congratulations to all the members of Cornell Mock Trial, and Tom, James, Sarah, and Nora, for their oustanding success this past weekend. The team next competes Illinois State University on November 2 through 4.
October 20-21, 2012
Washington University in St. Louis, MO
Cornell's 2012-2013 Mock Trial Team competed at their first invitational tournament at Washington University in St. Louis on October 20 and 21. The team consists of 9 returning members and 15 members who were competing in collegiate mock trial for the first time. Thirty teams attended the tournament including teams from nationally ranked Penn State, Loyola University of Chicago, Rhodes College, Washington University, the University of Iowa, and our own Cornell Rams.
White Squad, led by returning members Tim Bingham, Claire McGuire, David Miller, and rounded out by newcomers Kahn Branch, Sarah Bertschy, Gwen Morrison, and Laurel Fraser, brought home some hardware, placing 7th with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses. Black Squad, led by returning members James Hoeffgen, Thomas Cooke, and Angela Lubkeman, with newcomers Nora McKenzie, Maria Goodfellow, Eric Andow, Kenny Capesius, and Katelynn Raney, received honorable mention recognition for their record of 5 wins and 3 losses, missing out on the tiebreak for 8th place. Purple Squad, led by returners Tom Kirk, MacKenzie Dreeszen, and Leonard Schlanger, with the assistance of newcomers Evan Andersson, Micah Hawker-Boehnke, Chris Machold, Yolanda Jones, and Tim Wiley, finished strong against tough competition with a record of 3 wins and 5 losses.
In addition to the team honors, Cornell also took home several individual awards. Tim Bingham was recognized as an outstanding attorney for his role as a plaintiff's attorney. Claire McGuire received similar honors for her role as a defense attorney. Thomas Cooke was recognized as an outstanding witness for his portrayl of hydrophobic diving expert River Tran. Kahn Branch, competing in his first ever mock trial tournament at any level, was recognized as an outstanding witness for his portrayl of Dr. Quincy Montgomery, an eccentric oceanographer.
Congratulations to the entire Cornell Mock Trial team, and Tim, Claire, Thomas, and Kahn, on their outstanding performance this weekend. Cornell next competes at the Richard Calkins Invitational hosted by Drake University on October 27 and 28.