Bulldog Trio Takes Top Spots at ECACs
Team Places Seventh Overall
BOSTON - All three of the Bulldogs' runners scored big points on the second day of indoor ECAC Championships for the team to finish seventh with 22 points. Coach Mark Young, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, said he was extremely proud of the Bulldogs' performance.
"Today was by far the best performance of the team this winter," Young said.
Senior Claudia Duncan placed second in the 500-meter dash in 1:13.06, setting a new personal best as well as a new Yale indoor record. Although she had run the 4x800-meter relay the day before, she still put on an aggressive race in the fast section of the 500-meter dash finals. According to Coach Young, Duncan pulled off a faster 400-meter split in the race than her time in the 400-meter dash at Heptagonals.
Junior Kate Grace also took second in the 800-meter run in 2:08.72. She had tried to post a fast time in preliminaries to increase her chances of being selected to compete in the NCAA Championships, but she decided to run a smarter race in the finals.
"Yesterday, she ran aggressively to take it to Nationals, but she ran out of gas. Today was a thing of beauty," Young said.
Yet the biggest surprise came from senior Alex Cadicamo, who was originally seeded sixth in the 3,000-meter run, but shattered her previous PR by 15 seconds to take third in 9:33.12.
"A 15-second PR - that's a second (off) per lap. That's astonishing," Young said. "Alex's race was really the crown jewel."
The Bulldogs finished out the day with the distance medley relay, fielded by the squad of sophomore Anne Lovelace and freshmen Elizabeth Marvin, Allison Rue and Annelies Gamble. Even without Grace, who ran on the team that qualified for ECACs, the young group finished in 11:54.23 and should only get better in upcoming seasons.
UConn took the title with 84.5 points with Seton Hall placing second. The Bulldogs only finished two spots behind Cornell, who placed third at Heps.
"It sends us off from the winter season into the spring season with a positive feeling of where we are," Young said.
Although the ECACs mark the end of the indoor season for many of the Bulldogs, Grace may be selected to compete in the NCAA Division I Championships on Mar. 12-13 in Fayetteville, Ark. The NCAA will announce the participants by Mar. 8. The rest of the team will take a spring recess before competing at the William and Mary Spring Break Invitational on Mar. 20.
Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity