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Kate Grace '11 Helps Set American Record in 4x1500-Meter Relay

Kate Grace. (photo by Tim O'Dowd)
Kate Grace. (photo by Tim O'Dowd)

NASSAU, Bahamas—This past Saturday, Yale alum Kate Grace '11 made history at the inaugural IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas. She ran as a part of the U.S. 4x1500-meter relay team that set an American record (16:55.33). Grace ran the third leg of the race, in which she caught up to Australia's team. The team took second place for a silver medal, behind only the Kenyan team that ran a world record time (16:33.58).

While at Yale, Grace was a four-time All-American, and set schools records in the 800-meter, 1,500-meter and mile runs. As a senior, she was awarded the Nellie Pratt Elliot Award—the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior female at Yale. She has since improved on her times, as she practices as a member of the New Jersey-New York Club. 

Last summer, Grace competed in both the 800-meter and the 1,500 meter runs at the Olympic trials. In addition, she is the 43rd woman in the United States to run a sub-4:30 mile. Oiselle, a running apparel company, sponsors her.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sport Publicity