Grace, 4x800 Highlight Second Day at ECAC Championships

Grace, 4x800 Highlight Second Day at ECAC Championships

May 17, 2008

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PRINCETON, N.J. - The Yale women's track and field team met with success on the second day of the ECAC championships at Princeton through the qualification of freshman standout Kate Grace and the 4x800-meter relay team to their respective finals.

Grace ran an impressive 2:08.41 to qualify for a stacked final that will, once again, feature the likes of her conference rival, Penn senior Jesse Carlin. Carlin qualified with a 2:07.43 performance and is currently seeded third going into Sunday's final. Grace is seeded seventh of eight finalists.

The 4x800-meter relay team qualified for Sunday's final by running 8:55.94 and is currently ranked second in the event behind middle-distance powerhouse Georgetown (the Hoyas won their heat in 8:53.60).

Senior Lindsay Donaldson, already qualified for NCAA regionals in the 5,000-meter run, chose to run the 1,500-meter run at the ECAC championships. The senior put up an admirable effort with a 4:27.96 performance, but came up one position short and did not qualify for the final for the ten-man final - Donaldson finished eleventh. Freshman Callie Hogan of Villanova was the last qualifier in the 1,500 with a 4:27.00 run.

The 4x400-meter relay ran 3:48.64, a performance good for 12th place. The place, however, belies the fact that this effort ranks fifth on Yale's all-time list in the event.

report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity