May 12, 2011

ECAC Championships Ahead

Select Team Members Will Compete

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) will host its annual outdoor Championship this weekend, May 13-15, for athletes who have qualified. Several Bulldogs will travel to Princeton, N.J., to compete.

In the 800-meter run, senior Kate Grace and sophomore Annelies Gamble have qualified. The standard is set at 2:10.94, and Grace has come in well below that time. Her season-best is 2:05.48, run on the same Princeton track that she will race at this weekend, while Gamble ran 2:08.91 at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. Grace competed in the 800-meter run at ECACs last year. After qualifying for the final, she chose not to compete due to the proximity of NCAA Nationals, where she was later named an All-American.

Grace has also qualified, by more than ten seconds, in the 1,500-meter run. She set a school record in the event this season, lowering her time to 4:20.77. This mark was the fastest of the Heps field, and was her second victory of the day in addition to the 800-meter run.

Sophomore Nihal Kayali and freshman Sarah Barry have also met the qualifying standard in the 1,500-meter run this season. Kayali ran 4:24.61 at Heps to finish fourth overall. Her time makes her the second-fastest athlete in the event in school history. Barry has a season-best of 4:28.58 so far, which garnered her third-place at Harvard-Yale.

Kayali has also qualified in the 3,000-meter run, along with sophomore Elizabeth Marvin and freshman Melissa Chapman. Marvin had the fastest time of the trio in 9:36.60 at Penn Relays, but Chapman ran 9:36.68 earlier in the season. Kayali has a season-best of 9:41.14. The standard is set at 9:56.24.

Chapman and Marvin also qualified for the meet in the 5,000-meter run. In their first attempt at the distance on Apr. 1 at Princeton's Sam Howell Invitational, both ran sub-17:00 times to qualify. Marvin finished in 16:44.56 while Chapman clocked in at 16:54.12. Junior Jennifer Downing has met the standard as well. Her time of 17:14.50 at Heps, where she placed 12th, will allow her to compete this weekend.

Junior Gabriella Kelly beat the qualifying standard by 0.02 seconds, with a season-best of 55.92 in the preliminaries at Heps. She went on to finish fifth in the event. Kelly was also a member of the distance medley relay team that broke the school record at the Penn Relays. She ran the 400-meter leg.

Another close call came from sophomore Adele Jackson-Gibson, who met the qualifying time in the 100-meter dash by the slimmest of margins: 0.01 seconds. She sprinted to fourth place at Heps after running 12.07 in the preliminary heats.

The meet begins at noon on Friday, May 13, and will continue until the final event at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. The meet website, with a full schedule and qualifying standards, is available here. Results will be posted on www.yalebulldogs.com and www.lancertiming.com.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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