Five Top-15 Finishes at Raleigh Relays

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Nihal Kayali. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Five members of the Yale women's track and field team competed in the Raleigh Relays, hosted by North Carolina State University, on Friday, and each placed in the top 15 of her event. Two Bulldogs competed in the 1,500-meter run and three more competed in the 10,000-meter run.

Junior Nihal Kayali was a team-high third in the 1,500-meter run. She bested fourth-place Sara Kroll of Michigan State University by a hair, finishing in 4:24.11 to Kroll's 4:24.46. At this time last year, Kayali finished the 1,500-meter run in 4:26.60 at the William & Mary Tribe Open, indicating that she is well on the way to smashing her personal record this season. 

Junior Annelies Gamble also competed in the 1,500-meter run, finishing seventh place in 4:26.45. Gamble normally competes in shorter distances but was still within striking distance of the leaders, including first-place Heather Wilson of Connecticut, who recently placed fifth overall in the 800-meter run at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championship. Over 100 athletes competed in the event.

Three Bulldogs competed in the 10,000-meter run for the first time in their collegiate careers. Senior Lindsey Raymond was fifth of 46 athletes in 35:47.98, which is the seventh-fastest time in Yale history. Junior Elizabeth Marvin was right behind in 35:53.83, ninth on the all-time list. Freshman Kira Garry also competed, placing 13th in 36:33.75. Garry out-stepped Hannah Eckstein of Johns Hopkins University by 0.07 seconds to claim her position. 

Kayali and Gamble will compete in Saturday's 800-meter run heats at 2:10 p.m. Live results will be available at http://www.flashresults.com/2012_Meets/outdoor/03-30-RaleighRelays/ and video is available at www.FloTrack.com. 

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity