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Two Advance to ECAC Finals

Nihal Kayali. (photo by Tim O'Dowd)
Nihal Kayali. (photo by Tim O'Dowd)

Six Compete on Day Two

PRINCETON, N.J. – On the second day of competition at the ECAC Outdoor Championship, two Bulldogs have qualified to advance to the finals. In all, seven athletes competed in three individual events and one relay. Yale concluded the day with 3 points for 28th place.

The 1,500-meter run was the first event of the day for the Bulldogs, as well as the most successful. Three competed in the race, and two advanced to tomorrow's finals. All-American senior Kate Grace won the first of three heats to advance automatically. Grace had a comfortable win in 4:25.54. Sophomore Nihal Kayali placed second in the third heat in 4:25.40. This position also automatically advanced Kayali, whose time ended up being the second-fastest of the day. Kayali placed just behind Caroline King of Boston College, who finished in 4:24.96. The first two finishers from each heat, along with the next six fastest, will compete tomorrow in the finals. Freshman Sarah Barry also competed in the third heat, placing sixth in 4:30.12.

Sophomore Adele Jackson-Gibson competed in the 100-meter dash. Jackson-Gibson placed seventh in the fourth of four heats in 12.23. Also in the sprints, junior Gabriella Kelly competed in the 400-meter dash, placing sixth in her heat. Kelly completed her circuit in 57.52.

Finally, the Yale 4x800-meter relay team competed in its preliminary heats. The team comprising Kelly, Barry, junior Jacque Sahlberg and junior Anne Lovelace combined for a time of 9:07.12. Their time was good for 12th overall.

In all, two Bulldogs will compete tomorrow. Due to forecasted inclement weather, a rolling track schedule will commence at noon. Live results are available at the meet website and will be posted on at the conclusion of the day.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity