Kayali Competes in Columbia Last Chance Meet
NEW HAVEN, Conn.-Three Bulldogs had the chance to flaunt their talents in the meet on the first day of the ECAC Championships this Saturday. The meet concluded with the University of Connecticut in first place with 38.50 points scored in 6 events. Sophomore Emily Cable—after breaking a school record held since 1982 at this season's Giegengack Invitational—yet again topped the list. She finished the 400-meter dash in 56.18, just one-hundredth of a second quicker than her previously set record.
Freshman Shannon McDonnell—though qualifying in both the 500-meter dash and 800-meter run—competed only in the 500-meter on Saturday, as the races were run back to back. She finished in 16th at 1:15.43, less than one second off her personal best.
Senior distance runner Jennifer Donnelly competed in the meet's longest event, the 5000-meter run. She surpassed her previous personal best time of 17:31.23 by over 6 seconds, crossing the finish line in 17:24.64.
Meanwhile, senior cross country captain Nihal Kayali competed in a different meet this Saturday, the Columbia Last Chance Meet at the Armory in New York, NY. According to the Armory's website (armorytrack.com), this meet is "one of the final certifiable opportunities for NCAA athletes to earn qualifying marks for inclusion in the NCAA Indoor Championships." Kayali finished in 4:46.90, well below her season best of 5:00.28 and less than two seconds off her all time best of 4:45.03.
Report by Maria Seravalli 16', Yale Sports Publicity