March 5, 2011

All Four Bulldogs Advance at ECAC Championship

Distance Medley Relay Team Will Also Compete

BOSTON The Yale Bulldogs found much success in their preliminary heats today at the ECAC Championships. All four athletes competing in individual events advanced to tomorrow's finals. The distance medley relay team will also compete on the second day of the ECAC Championship.

First, sophomore Nihal Kayali competed in the one mile run. She placed third in her heat in 4:52.14, which was the third-fastest finish of all competitors. Kayali competed in the first of two heats, which each contained 10 athletes. The top three in each preliminary advanced, as did the next four best times.

Junior Gabriella Kelly competed in the third of five preliminaries in the 400-meter dash. She won her heat, which automatically advanced her to the final. The winner of each heat, along with the next four fastest athletes, moved on. Her time of 57.02 seconds was the eighth-fastest on the day. She will race eight other qualifiers tomorrow.

In the 800-meter run, sophomore Annelies Gamble won the first of three heats to automatically advance to tomorrow's final. She was almost a second faster than her closest competitor, finishing in 2:10.45, a collegiate best for Gamble. The first and second finishers in each heat moved on, along with the next three fastest athletes. Gamble's time was third-best of the preliminaries.

Freshman Sarah Barry, one of two Bulldog rookies to qualify for the meet, placed third in her preliminary of the 1,000-meter run and will advance to the final heat. She finished her race in 2:53.17, the ninth-fastest result of the heats. Barry's finish represents a season-best. In this event, the top two finishers in each heat advanced, as did the next three fastest athletes.

For the relays, the 4x800-meter relay team competed in a preliminary heat today as well, taking fourth in its race and 13th overall in 9:11.97.  The distance medley relay has only a final tomorrow, with two heats. The Bulldogs, including All-American senior Kate Grace, are set to compete in the second of two heats.

The distance medley relay team will kick off the track events tomorrow at 1 p.m. Kayali will compete in her final at 1:45 p.m., Kelly at 1:55 p.m., Gamble at 2:10 p.m. and Barry at 2:25 p.m. Live results are available here.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity