March 4, 2009

Bulldogs Earn Six All-Ivy Recognitions for Heptagonal Championships Performances

March 4, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldog women's track and field team earned six All-Ivy honors due to exceptional performances at the 62nd Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track and Field Championships that took place on Saturday and Sunday at Harvard's Gordon Track. The six honors, which were earned by four different student-athletes, is an improvement on the three All-Ivy performances from the 2008 season.

Four of the first-team All-Ivy performances came in the 4x880-yard relay. The Bulldogs won the event in an impressive fashion, running a time of 8:57.60. This was a large improvement for the team over last year, when the relay ran to a fifth-place finish in a time of 9:07.49. Seniors Kelli Buck (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) and Jennifer Lin (Raynham, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham), junior Stephany Reaves (Woodbridge, Va./Thomas Jefferson) and sophomore Kate Grace (Santa Monica, Calif./Marlborough School) all were named first-team All-Ivy for their roles in running on the relay. The relay team has qualified for the ECAC Championships, in which they will compete at this coming weekend. Buck and Reaves were second team All-Ivy in the event in 2007.

Grace also picked up first-team All-Ivy honors in the 800-meter run. Grace won the event in a time of 2:07.83, a new personal best and an NCAA provisional qualifying time. She beat the next nearest competitor by .97 seconds and set a new school record in the process. Grace competed in the 800-meter run at the NCAA Championships outdoors last year and was second-team All-Ivy outdoors in the event in 2008.

Lin also picked up a second All-Ivy honor at the meet. She took second place in the pentathlon at the Heptagonal Championships with 3,408 points, earning her second team All-Ivy recognition in the event. This is the first year Lin, the captain of the Bulldog squad, has received recognition as an All-Ivy athlete.

The complete list of student-athletes earning All-Ivy honors can be found here.

Select members of the team that have qualified for the ECAC Championships will be competing starting on Saturday and finishing on Sunday. The team will open the outdoor season on Mar. 21 at the UC-Irvine Invitational, which takes place during the team's spring break training trip.

Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity