Bulldogs Conclude NCAA First Round Competition
Two Compete on the Final Day
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – On the final day of the eastern NCAA First Round meet, two more Bulldogs competed in their final races of the season. Sophomores Nihal Kayali and Elizabeth Marvin competed in their signature events, the 1,500-meter run and the 5,000-meter run, respectively.
Kayali finished her race in 4:25.87, which was the second-fastest of non-qualifiers. Unfortunately, due to the way the qualifications work, several athletes who ran slower than Kayali advanced to the national championship. The top five from each heat, regardless of their times, automatically move on, as well as the next two fastest. In this case, one heat was significantly faster than the other, meaning that Kayali was penalized only for being in the faster of the two. However, she had to make it past Thursday's preliminaries to be able to race today, which represents a high caliber of competition.
Marvin finished 12th in her heat of the 5,000-meter run in 16:55.95. Only the top five from each heat along with the next two fastest qualified, but the race saw three athletes break 16 minutes, attesting to the depth of the field. Her time was the 26th-fastest of 48 athletes; she was seeded as the 42nd-fastest. Marvin's performance is made all the more remarkable by the fact that she had not contested the event until this outdoor season.
Today marks the end of competition for all but one Bulldog. Senior Kate Grace will make another run for a national title in the 800-meter run in Des Moines, Iowa, beginning on June 8.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity