Five Bulldogs Qualify for NCAA Regionals
Meet Hosted by University of North Florida in Jacksonville
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Five members of the Yale women's track and field team will travel to Jacksonville, Fla., from May 24-26 to compete in the NCAA East Regional meet. The Bulldogs are vying for the chance to move on to compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championship from June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Sophomore Melissa Chapman qualified in the 5,000-meter run. She has the 25th-fastest seed time in a field of 48 athletes. Chapman's 16:22.89 won her third place at Heps. The semifinal of the 5,000-meter run will start at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 26.
Freshman Kira Garry will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after making her collegiate debut at the distance earlier this season. Her qualifying time of 10:28.63 ranks 38th among the field of 48 competitors. Garry ran that time at Heps, where she placed fifth. The gun for the quarterfinal of the 3,000-meter steeplechase will go off at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25.
Two Bulldogs will toe the line in the 10,000-meter run. Senior Lindsey Raymond and junior Elizabeth Marvin will both race the distance as members of the 47-athlete field. Raymond, in her first and final track season as a Bulldog, ranks 37th in the field at 35:17.12 while Marvin's 35:22.59 is good for 41st. Both Raymond and Marvin ran those times at Heps, where they placed fourth and fifth, respectively. The semifinal of the 10,000-meter run will occur at 9:40 p.m. on Thursday, May 24.
Junior Nihal Kayali earned a berth in the 1,500-meter run with a seed time of 4:23.65. Her time merited sixth place and All-East recognition at ECACs earlier this month. Kayali's first heat will take place on Thursday, May 24, at 6:00 p.m.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity