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Emma Lower to Lead Bulldogs in 2018-19 Season

Emma Lower. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Emma Lower. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Emma Lower has been elected captain of the 2018-2019 Yale women's track and field team.

At the annual track and field banquet held in early May, junior Emma Lower was elected to lead the upcoming women's track and field team for the 2018-2019 season. As both a competitive athlete and as a supportive teammate, Lower has proved herself to be a fitting leader for the upcoming seasons.

Athletically, Lower made her mark on the Yale team during her first track season representing the Bulldogs. Specializing in the middle distance events, specifically the 800 meter run, early in her career Lower set the indoor first year record with a time of 2:10.81. This lifetime best time also placed her on the Yale top 10 indoor record list, and is currently ranked seventh.  

Since then, she has continually been a force to be reckoned with in the middle distance events and has consistently been at the top of the group of women in the event group. Last season, she was a crucial member of the 4x800 meter relay team that finished second at the Outdoor Track and Field Ivy League Championship. 

Mark T. Young '68 Director of Track and Field and Cross Country David Shoehalter is confident in Lower's ability to lead such a large group of women. "I am excited about the prospect of working with Emma during the 2018-19 Track and Field Seasons," he says.  "She has been a great example of hard work and determination and through the ups and downs of her career has maintained an even keeled outlook that will be well suited to leading our large team."

Lower's path to this point of her career has not without challenges, but throughout it all her commitment to the team is apparent throughout it all.

While she did not compete this indoor and outdoor track season due to injury, her positive presence and support both on and off the track were still felt by the team. Her election as captain is a testament to this. Even when she is not competing, she can be found at competitions cheering on her teammate, traveling as far as Dartmouth in February to support Yale at the Indoor Ivy League Track and Field Championship.

Captain of the 2017-2018 Women's Track and Field team, Dana Klein, has noticed Lower's continued commitment. "Emma's consistent, unwavering presence at practice, in the locker room, at meets and in the training room is a perfect example of her commitment to this program and the women around her," Klein explains. 

Beyond the track, Lower has already shown leadership in other aspects of her life. She co-founded the Yale Women's Athletic Council (YWAC) earlier this year, an organization that aims to empower female athletes, varsity or otherwise.

Klein has confidence in what the future of Lower's career as a Yale athlete holds. "I have no doubt that Emma will be a key player in this team's success next year and will lead the women's track team with the same drive, grace and persistence that she has shown in both her work within the larger athletic community, as a co-founder of the Yale Women's Athletic Council and in her challenging return from injury."

During her Yale career so far, Emma Lower has experienced both success and adversity, all the while remaining a positive and supportive presence on the team with her unwavering commitment. These fundamental attributes Lower possesses will serve the team well as they take on the next indoor and outdoor track seasons under her leadership.

Report by Yale Sports Publicity