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Kayali Seventh with a Season Best in 1,500-Meter Run

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

PRINCETON, N.J. - On the first day of track races in the Larry Ellis Invitational, several Bulldogs competed in the elite races of distance events, which had more stringent qualifying standards. The Bulldogs raced among the best in the nation, including non-collegiate, unattached athletes.

Junior Nihal Kayali made a splash in the 1,500-meter run when she finished seventh in a season-low 4:23.94. Kayali's time on Friday is the fastest she's run since last May, when she placed second at the ECAC Championships in the same event. 

Sophomore Melissa Chapman turned in a substantial personal record in the event. She finished in 4:29.50, three seconds faster than her best from last season. Chapman was fifth in her heat and 24th overall of 63 competitors. 

In the 5,000-meter run, junior Elizabeth Marvin and sophomore Liana Epstein finished one after the other, taking the 10th and 11th places out of 98 competitors. Marvin was 10th in 16:38.82 and Epstein was 11th in 16:45.21. Marvin was just a second off of her personal best, delivered last season at the ECAC Championships, while Epstein made her collegiate debut at the distance. Junior Jennifer Donnelly was 50th in 17:34.03.

Junior Annelies Gamble raced in the 800-meter run, placing sixth in her heat and 46th overall. Gamble finished in 2:15.30.

The Bulldogs will continue to compete on Saturday, with a broader complement of events offered.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity