Grace and Kayali Take First and Second in 1,500-Meter Run
PRINCETON, N.J. – Three more Bulldogs scored on the final day of the ECAC Outdoor Championship to give Yale 23 points total. The team tied with Princeton and the University of Maryland for 12th place. All-American senior Kate Grace and sophomore Nihal Kayali finished first and second, respectively, in the 1,500-meter run. Both lowered their personal bests as the number one and two athletes on the school record list. Freshman Melissa Chapman was seventh in the 3,000-meter run.
Grace took the 1,500-meter run title in 4:20.66, just 0.11 seconds faster than her previous school-record time of 4:20.77 at Heps. She and Kayali, who finished in 4:21.98, were the only athletes to run under 4:22. Kayali had already run the second-fastest time in school history this season, but her time today further cements that status.
Chapman's place gave the team an additional two points. She finished in 9:37.16, half a second shy of her season best. Her finish marks the end of a very successful rookie season.
Duke claimed the men's and women's titles, in both cases by almost twenty points. Cornell placed the highest of the Ancient Eight, coming in fifth with 30 points, followed by Brown (9th- 25 points).
The ECAC meet concludes the season for all Bulldogs who do not go on to compete in the NCAA Championship. Grace currently holds the 19th-fastest time in the nation in the 800-meter run and the 43rd-fastest time in the 1,500-meter run. She will first compete at the NCAA First Rounds at Bloomington, Ind., on May 26-28.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity