PRINCETON, N.J. – On the last day of the ECAC Championships, two Bulldogs competed. Senior Claudia Duncan competed in the 400-meter dash, and freshman Elizabeth Marvin competed in the 3,000-meter run.
Duncan ran 54.87 for sixth place in the finals of the 400-meter dash. Duncan set a new school record in the event last weekend at 54.54, and both her races this weekend were under 55 seconds, which is better than she has ever run before. Duncan has a good chance of qualifying for NCAA Regionals.
Marvin ran the 3,000-meter run in 9:44.94 and finished in ninth place, only .6 seconds away from scoring in the event. This was Marvin's personal record by a long shot.
Junior Kate Grace did not compete in the finals of the 800-meter run to save herself for NCAA Regionals.
The competitors in NCAA Regionals will be determined by Friday: the 48 fastest times in the Eastern Region will run in Greensboro, N.C. on May 28 and 29.
“I was happy with this weekend,” said Coach Mark Young, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field. “Anne Lovelace ran very well in the steeplechase on Friday, and she's now in the top twenty times that could qualify for NCAA Regionals. Alex Cadicamo ran a PR in the 5,000-meter, and she might be able to qualify. In the 4x800 meter relay we didn't run our typical A team, but [freshman] Nihal Kayali ran 2:13, which was a PR for her since she had been injured.”
“People are running well – many of them the best they've ever run,” continued Coach Young. “I was really happy with the weekend. Now it's rest and waiting.”
The season is over for the majority of the team, but about four of them will continue to stay at Yale and train while waiting to hear if they will race at NCAA Regionals in two weeks.
Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity