4x400-meter Relay Team Sets School Record at Heptagonal Championships

Allison Rue. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Allison Rue. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Grace Wins 800-meter Run

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PRINCETON, N.J. – The women's track and field team members ran past the finish line of the season on Sunday at the Heptagonal Championships. Junior Kate Grace won the 800-meter run. The 4x400-meter relay team set a school record, and the 4x100-meter relay team made Yale's all-time top-10 list. The Bulldogs finished the meet in eighth place with 23 points.

It was another windy day at Weaver Stadium, making the competition difficult for everyone (though especially for longer distances that had to run all the way around the track). Cornell won the competition fairly decisively, with Brown and Columbia following.

Grace won the 800-meter run yet again. She finished the race in 2:08.17, just ahead of Cornell junior Kim Standridge, who finished in 2:08.50, which mirrored their finish at indoor Heptagonals this year.

“The times look closer than it actually was,” said Mark Young, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field. “Kate runs fast enough to win.”

Grace has proven to be good at that. Her race makes her a four-time Heptagonals Champion (Grace won outdoors in 2009 and indoors in both 2008 and 2009). Grace has competed at NCAA Championships both indoors and outdoors the past two years, and hopes to compete again this year. Her best time this season is 2:07.03.

The 4x400-meter relay team ran extremely well to set a new school record in the event. Formerly 3:45.85, Sunday's team ran more than two seconds faster as they fought against the tough competition, crossing the finish line in 3:43.02. The team was composed of senior Claudia Duncan, freshman Allison Rue, senior captain Faith Briggs and Grace. They just missed third place.

The 4x100-meter relay team also had a great day, and made Yale's all-time top-ten list. The team finished in 47.22 for fourth place, and the relay members included freshman Adele Jackson-Gibson, Duncan, sophomore Emily Shulan and Briggs.

Duncan ran well in the 400-meter dash following her school record-setting race on Saturday (she ran 54.54). Duncan finished in 55.39 for fourth place in an extremely competitive field.

Sophomore Anne Lovelace finished the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:40.16. Lovelace remained strong in the grueling race until the end, when she dropped back to sixth place.

Senior Alexandra Cadicamo also ran a long race in the 5,000-meter run. She finished the race in 16:57.18 for seventh place. Freshman Elizabeth Marvin competed in the 3,000-meter run and finished in 10:03.75 for eighth place.

This was the last meet for most of the seniors, and the last meet of the season for most of the team. Runners who have qualified will compete at the ECAC Championships next weekend back at Princeton.

Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity