Kate Grace Receives Nellie Pratt Elliot Award

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

Track & Field Star Selected Yale's Top Female Athlete


NEW HAVEN, Conn.Kate Grace, a six-time Heptagonal champion in the 800-meter run, is the recipient of the 2011 Nellie Pratt Elliot Award, the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior female at Yale. The award was presented at the Class Day exercises on May 22.

The Nellie Pratt Elliot Award goes to the senior woman whose excellence in the field of athletics and in her life at Yale best represents the ideals of sportsmanship and Yale tradition. It is awarded in memory of Nellie Pratt Elliot, who was an assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Yale for 46 years.

Grace, a Santa Monica, Calif., native, won the 800 run at the Heptagonal (Ivy League) Championship both indoors and outdoors as a sophomore, junior and senior. She is only the second runner in Ivy League history to win six 800-meter run titles.

In addition, Grace is a two-time All-American indoors and earned All-America honors outdoors as a junior. She will have a chance at a fourth All-America performance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June.

Grace is the Yale record holder in the 800 and one-mile indoors and the 800 and 1500 outdoors. In addition, she is part of school records in the 4x400 relays both indoors and outdoors.

Three weeks ago at the 2011 Outdoor Heps held at Yale, Grace was named the meet's Outstanding Performer after winning the 800 by nearly one second and capturing the 1500-meter run with a school-record time of 4:20.77, which was only .02 seconds off the meet record.

In March, Grace placed 13th in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships, earning her second-team All-America recognition.

As a junior, Grace earned first-team All-America recognition after finishing eighth in the 800 run at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She finished eighth in the 800 at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships to earn her first All-America honors, and as a freshman was one of only three rookies to compete in the 800 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Grace, a member of Saybrook College, is an environmental studies major at Yale. She earned All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA her junior year.


filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity Assistant Director