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Two Bulldogs Named to All-Ivy Team

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

Honors Come From Performance at Heps

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After last weekend's Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, two Bulldogs have been selected to the All-Ivy team. All-American senior Kate Grace was named first team All-Ivy after her wins in the 800-meter run and the 1,500-meter run. Sophomore Nihal Kayali was named second team All-Ivy based on her second-place finish in the 3,000-meter run. The first and second finishers in each event were selected for the team.

Grace was doubly impressive this weekend, claiming two titles and scoring nearly half her team's points. She earned her third consecutive win in the 800-meter run (sixth including indoor Championships) by almost a second, becoming only the third athlete to do so.

Grace went on to best the 1,500-meter field in dramatic fashion. She edged Princeton's Alexis Mikaelian by only 0.02 seconds, but also missed the meet record by the same amount. En route, Grace set a new school record of 4:20.77.

Kayali placed second in the 3,000-meter run in 9:51.13. She battled Claire Richardson of Harvard, and finished only two seconds back. The third place finisher was just 0.4 seconds behind Kayali. She also competed in the 1,500-meter run, finishing in fourth overall.

Both Grace and Kayali will compete at the ECAC Outdoor Championship on May 13-15. 

The full All-Ivy list can be viewed here.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity