Thirteen Individuals Eligible for ECAC Championships

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Elizabeth Marvin and Emily Stark. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

4x400-Meter Relay Team also Set to Compete

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This weekend, thirteen Bulldogs will once again journey to Princeton, this time to compete in the ECAC Championships. This meet will be the last of the year for all but the few who qualify to compete in the NCAA East Regional meet later in May.

Yale's largest representation at ECACs will be from the team's distance runners. Junior Millie Chapman and senior Nihal Kayali are both eligible to compete in any of three events: the 1,500-meter, 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter races. Though Kayali has seen personal best times in both the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter runs this year, it is the 1,500-meter in which she claims Yale's second-best time. Although Chapman has not competed as much this season as some of her teammates, her times have also been strong. Her most notable performance came in the 5,000-meter run last year. 

One more senior, Elizabeth Marvin, has qualified to compete in any of three events: the 3,000-meter, 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter runs. Though she excels in all three events, Marvin's best this year has been the 10,000-meter race. She holds the team's fastest time for the event this year and the fourth spot on the top 10 lists. Sophomore Anna Demaree, senior Jennifer Donnelly and freshmen Elizabeth McDonald and Emily Stark can all also be entered in the track and field's longest running event. Moreover, both of these freshmen—excelling in their first years of college competition—have qualified to compete in an additional event. McDonald is eligible for the 3,000-meter run, while Stark is able to compete in the 5,000-meter run. Lastly, junior Liana Epstein is eligible to participate in both these events.

Although sophomore Kira Garry is also among those able to race in the 3,000-meter run, she stands alone as the only team member eligible to compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Last year, though competing in the 3,000-meter run at ECACs, Garry continued on to represent her team in the steeplechase in the NCAA Division I East Regional meet.

Just in time for ECACs, Yale's 4x400-meter relay team broke the qualifying time last weekend at the Heptagonal Championships. Sophomore Emily Cable, junior Kelsey Lin, freshman Mackenzie Mathews and senior Allison Rue drove the group effort.

Newly named team captain, junior Amanda Snajder, will also be competing in the meet. She will take on the heptathlon, which is comprised of seven individual events. As Snajder holds the record in the pentathlon for the indoor season, she will likely be one athlete to follow as she takes to the track this Friday.

Finally, two athletes will have the opportunity to vie in the field events this weekend. Freshman thrower Karleh Wilson is eligible to compete in the discus throw and shot put, while sophomore jumper Alisha Jordan can take up her place in her best event, the triple jump. Jordan's personal best in the triple jump came this year during the Oxford/Cambridge meet. In addition, she is just off a fourth-place finish in the event at the Heptagonal Championships, the highest placement of any Bulldog.

The 30th annual ECAC Championship meet will kick off Friday at noon, and continue until Sunday. A complete schedule of events can be found here.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity

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