Chapman Competes at NCAA Regionals

Melissa Chapman. (photo by Katrina Garry)
Melissa Chapman. (photo by Katrina Garry)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The final race of the Bulldogs' track and field season occurred on Saturday night, when sophomore Melissa Chapman competed in  the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA East Regional at the University of North Florida. Chapman finished in 22nd place of 44 runners. Her time of 16:43.86 was good for 11th place in her heat. Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino, an All-American in the event at the 2011 NCAA Championships, won the heat in 16:15.35. D'Agostino has run the second-fastest time in the country this season.

The overall winning time in the event was 15:53.62, clocked by Emily Sisson of Providence, the only athlete to run sub-16 minutes on Saturday. Sisson has run the eighth-fastest 5,000-meter run time in 2012. Other heavy hitters in the race include Sheila Reid, the 2011 individual NCAA cross country champion, and Bogdana Mimic, both of Villanova. 

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity