4x800-Meter Relay Team Runs Fastest Time Since 1986

Kate Grace. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kate Grace. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Team Takes Eighth at Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA- On the final day of competition at the 117th Penn Relays, four Bulldogs competed in the 4x800-meter relay. The team combined for the fastest time that a Yale foursome has raced in 25 years; their blistering mark of 8:45.38 was good for eighth of the 14 teams competing in the Championship of America heat. 26 other teams competed in the college heats.  

Sophomore Annelies Gamble ran the lead-off leg, turning in a split of 2:09.84. This time almost matches her season-best of 2:09.45, which she achieved on Thursday as a member of the distance medley relay team. She handed off to freshman Sarah Barry, who completed her laps in 2:12.36. Barry's time is also a season-best in the distance. Next was All-American senior Kate Grace, whose 2:07.47 split was among the fastest of the race. Finally, junior Gabriella Kelly anchored the team in 2:15.71.

Their time is second on the all-time record list, and is the fastest run by a Yale team in 25 years. It is also one of only four times under 8:50 in school history. The current school record has stood at 8:39.10 since 1986.

In all, the Bulldogs posted the eighth-fastest time of the 40 schools competing in the 4x800-meter relay today. Of the Ivy League, they were bested only by Cornell, which finished sixth in 8:37.17. Yale beat teams from Dartmouth (9th- 8:46.23), Princeton (13th- 8:53.68), and Harvard (14th- 8:56.39) in the college Championship of America race. In the collegiate heats, Penn was the only team of the Ancient Eight to compete, finishing third in their race in 8:53.21. These performances certainly bode well for the Bulldogs as they look ahead to the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship (Heps) next weekend.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity