November 22, 2010

Perrella Competes at NCAA National Championships

Meet Marks Last Race in Yale Uniform

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Senior Jeff Perrella finished out his collegiate career by competing at the NCAA National Championships, hosted by Indiana State University, on Monday. Perrella's performance was a huge feat for Yale as only the fifth Bulldog to qualify for the national meet since 1991.

Perrella placed 120th out of 246 runners with a time of 31:21.4 through extremely windy conditions. Lucas Meyer '05, who placed 18th at the national meet in 2004, still remains the highest finisher of any Ivy League runner.

Perrella ran the 10K course only 10 days after racing the 8K at the NCAA Northeast Regional as well as recovering from a cold after the regional meet. Nevertheless, he accomplished his goal of placing in the top half of the field at the national meet, an impressive finish to his Yale career since transferring in 2007.

"When Jeff came to Yale from William and Mary, he came to work hard and his goal was to make the national championships, which he did," coach Ireland said. "It was a good way to end his college career."

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity