Rizzo Snags Fourth in 1,500m Final

Meredith Rizzo. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Meredith Rizzo. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

PRINCETON, N.J. – Junior Meredith Rizzo represented the women's track and field team this past afternoon, wrapping up the Bulldogs' third final day of competition at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship meet. 

Rizzo, who was seeded 11th in the 12-woman final of the 1,500-meter run, placed fourth in what was a tight race. Going into the closing lap of the race, Rizzo found herself in a tight pack of runners trailing the top-seeded runner from La Salle University and a sophomore from Bucknell. Rizzo kicked hard on the final lap, passing the top-seeded runner and crossing the finish line fourth with a solid time of 4:26.45. Though her time with not qualify her for the NCAA Eastern Preliminaries, Rizzo closes what has been a very successful season for the junior distance runner. On top of winning the mile run at the indoor ECACs, Rizzo also made huge strides in the 1500-meter and mile runs. As she enters her senior year, she will definitely be a key runner for both the cross country and track seasons in what looks to be a very stacked roster. 

Her performance earned the Bulldogs 5 more points, for a total of 11 this. The Bulldogs ended up in 30th out of 55 teams that scored points.  Cornell won the meet with 57.5 points. 

Up next for the team is the NCAA Eastern Preliminaries, where three of the Bulldogs will likely compete. However, an announcement confirming who will participate in that meet will be posted on yalebulldogs.com as soon as that information becomes available. 

Recap by Ariel A. Sánchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity