Get excited Rams: Intramurals are back and better than ever

On your mark. Get set. Go!

The Cornell College intramural scene is off and running for the 2021-22 school year and there’s something for everyone whether you have that competitive itch or just want to have fun being active with friends.

It all kicked off on Aug. 29 with an All-Campus Field Day.

Students participating in the sack races during field day on Van Metre Field at Ash Park
Students participating in the sack races during field day on Van Metre Field at Ash Park

“It was amazing to see all of our students happy and back together again,” said Health Promotions Director Marcia Sisk. “We’ve been missing it as much as they have.”

You name it. This Field Day competition had it. We’re talking sack races, hula hoop competitions, egg and spoon races, limbo, bags, spike ball, sand volleyball, and badminton. 

“I was really pumped about the sack races,” said Associate Director of Athletics Katie Green. “There’s a photo I took where students are diving for the finish line to cross first. I didn’t know how that event would go over, and they really had fun.”

Around 75 students participated in the field day activities, most of which took place at Van Metre Field at Ash Park. Students had the opportunity to make new friends and meet new people as they tried their hand at a variety of competitions. 

The organizers say it’s the first of many intramural events of the year, and they’re looking forward to planning block break competitions in the future. 

“We really want to connect the campus community together,” Director of Athletics Seth Wing said.

Wing is excited about building the intramural program this year and continuing the momentum as the newly renovated and expanded Richard and Norma Small Athletic and Wellness Center (the SAW) opens in the fall of 2022.

Students participating in sand volleyball during Field Day
Students participating in sand volleyball during Field Day

“We also hope this starts to build that bridge between our community and the opportunities this new building will provide,” Wing said. “From a health and wellness standpoint, we’ll have space for cardio, working out, and fitness classes. So we are starting to lay the groundwork now for next year, and we want students to be comfortable in and around the Sport Center as they participate in the intramural competitions.”

So whether you’re spiking the ball in sand volleyball or just trying to balance that egg on your spoon–know that you’re building up the campus community and learning some good habits. 

“We want to create that culture of well-being campuswide,” Sisk said. “Physical well-being is a foundation for all well-being–mental and emotional. And when students leave they keep that lifelong habit.”

A three-on-three sand volleyball tournament is the next intramural competition during the first block break, Thursday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. Email by Wednesday at 3 p.m. to register your team! 

Flag Football Sundays will start in Block 2. Go Rams!