March 8, 2011

Eight Bulldogs Awarded All-East Indoor Track Honors

Honors Come after Team's Ninth-Place Result at ECACs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After the Yale Bulldogs combined for 25 points this weekend at the ECAC Championship, the most they've scored since 2006, eight athletes were named to the All-East team. One title, one third-place relay, two fifth-place finishes, and one eight-place finish propelled the team to a tie with Princeton for ninth. 50 teams scored at the meet, with over 60 squads competing.

Sophomore Nihal Kayali was honored for her win in the one mile run (4:47.68), freshman Sarah Barry for a fifth-place finish in the 1,000-meter run (2:51.80), sophomore Annelies Gamble for her fifth-place result in the 800-meter run (2:11.39), and junior Gabriella Kelly for her eight-place effort in the 400-meter dash (57.56).

The distance medley relay team composed of freshman Melissa Chapman, sophomore Allison Rue, All-American senior Kate Grace, and sophomore Elizabeth Marvin earned the accolade for its third-place finish in 11:29.60, which is the second-fastest time in school history and the 50th fastest time in the nation this winter.

All Bulldogs except one will have a two-week rest from competition. The team will travel to Williamsburg, Va., to compete in the William & Mary Tribe Invitational on Mar. 19. Grace, however, will suit up this weekend to compete in the one mile run at the NCAA Division I Championship, held at College Station, Texas, on Mar. 11-12.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity