NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 2010 NCAA Championships begin June 9 and continue until June 12 in Eugene, Ore., hosted by the University of Oregon. Junior Kate Grace will be competing in the 800-meter run and sophomore Anne Lovelace will be competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
This will be Grace's third time competing at the NCAA Championships. Grace set a new school record on May 28 during the NCAA East Regionals in Greensboro, N.C., with a time of 2:04.22. The rankings are based on times prior to regionals, and so Grace is ranked 19th with her previous season best of 2:05.65. The fastest time listed is 2:01.40, set by LaTavia Thomas of LSU. She is seeded sixth among the competitors in the semifinals.
Grace will compete in the semifinals at 4:45 PM PDT on Wednesday. She is one of 24 runners competing in three heats; the top two from each heat plus the next two best times qualify for the finals. The finals will be held on Friday at 5:50 PM PDT.
Lovelace is competing in the NCAA Championships for the first time. She placed 13th in the steeplechase at NCAA Regionals with a time of 10:32.92. Her PR is 10:27.60, which she set at ECACs to earn All-East honors.
Lovelace will compete in the semifinals at 6:15 PM PDT on Thursday. The 24 runners will be competing in two heats; the top six from each heat and the next best two times will advance to the finals. The finals will be held on Saturday at 10:54 AM PDT.
Live results will be found at flashresults.com. More information and a complete schedule of events can be found at NCAA.com. Start lists can be found here. Results will be posted on YaleBulldogs.com after each day's events.
Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity