Several Bulldogs to Compete at ECACs

Alexandra Cadicamo. (photo by Forrest Temple, Yale Sports Publicity)

Cadicamo, Duncan, Grace, Relays to Compete

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Eastern College Athletic Conference will be holding the indoor track and field season championships this weekend in Boston. In order to compete, runners must meet qualifying standards earlier in the season. Yale will be sending senior Alexandra Cadicamo, senior Claudia Duncan,  junior Kate Grace and its relay teams to Boston.

The meet will be held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, where the Bulldogs competed earlier in the season at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games. Last year Yale finished 23rd of 50 schools that came to the meet.

Grace will be competing in the 800-meter run. Grace earned first-team All-Ivy honors this week for her first-place finish in the 800-meter run at Heptagonal Championships. She ran 2:07.77, which was .6 faster than she ran at the same meet last year, which shows that she is in just as good, if not better, shape than she was a year ago. She earned All-East honors last year for her second-place finish at ECACs (2:09.09), but ran a personal record during preliminary rounds with a 2:06.41 mark. She went in to improve that at NCAAs, where she ran her all-time personal best of 2:04.72, which is also the school record. She earned All-American honors by advancing to the finals. Grace also ran ECAC-qualifying times in the 1,000-meter run (2:52.36) and the mile run (4:54.61) this season.

Senior Claudia Duncan will be competing in the 500-meter dash. She qualified in 1:15.34 at the Columbia-Dartmouth-Yale tri-meet. It’s the only time she has competed in the distance this season; she has been running the 400-meter dash, the 800-meter run and has been a strong member of Yale’s relay teams. She holds the school record in the event, with a time of 1:13.31. Duncan set that record last year at ECAC finals, when she placed fourth to earn All-East honors.

Senior Alexandra Cadicamo qualified for the 3,000-meter run for the first time. Her best this season is 9:48.52, which she ran at Princeton in mid-February. That time would have earned her 14th place last year at ECACs.

All three of Yale's relay teams also qualified for the ECACs. At the Giegengack Invitational at Yale, the distance medley relay team of Grace, senior Claudia Duncan, freshman Annalies Gamble and junior Liya Assefa won in 11:47.22. The next day Yale won the 4x400 meter relay (3:52.54) and again qualified, this time with a team of Duncan, freshman Allison Rue, Gamble and Grace. The 4x800-meter relay team qualified at Heptagonal Championships, where they earned fourth place in a time of 9:01.33. The team was composed of senior Stephany Reaves, Duncan, Gamble and Grace. 

Yale will not compete in all three of the relays, but will send the 4x800 meter relay and the distance medley relay; last year the team only competed in the 4x800 meter relay, and barely missed qualifying for finals.

Yale will begin competing on Saturday with the 800-meter trials at 2:50 p.m., followed by the relay trials later in the day. The trials will determine who advances to Sunday's finals. A complete schedule of events can be found here. More information about ECACs can be found here.

Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity