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Grace Advances to Regional Final

Grace Advances to Regional Final

May 30, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Select members of the Yale women's track and field team competed Friday at the NCAA East Regional Championships at Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. Two of Yale's three competitors, freshman Kate Grace and senior Lindsay Donaldson, competed.

Grace ran a new personal best of 2:06.12, eclipsing her previous mark of 2:06.32 set in April, in her 800-meter run preliminary heat to qualify for the final. Grace finished second in the fourth section, the fastest section of the event, behind Boston College sophomore Caitlin Bailey.

Senior Lindsay Donaldson competed in the 5,000-meter run, where she finished 12th in 16:45.37. While Donaldson did not qualify automatically for nationals with this performance, there is still a possibility she will be given an "at-large" bid to nationals, an invitation that takes into account performances from the 2008 season.

On Saturday, May 31, Grace will compete in the 800-meter run final. The freshman has been given position (lane) two as her starting position, immediately inside conference rival Jesse Carlin of Penn, who is in lane three. The final is scheduled for 5:25 p.m. At 6:15, senior captain Elizabeth Calle will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Calle will be in the first of a two section final, position six.

report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity