Lovelace First Yale Runner
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Yale's cross country teams competed at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Friday at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx in New York City. The Bulldogs finished eighth with 238 points.
It was a warm day for the end of October at Van Cortlandt. The competitors ran a 5k course, instead of the 6k they ran at the park in September.
Princeton swept the race with a perfect finish (15 points) led by senior Liz Costello, who won the meet in 16:55.7. This was Costello's third time as Ivy League champion.
Sophomore Anne Lovelace was Yale's first competitor to cross the finish line (in 18:30.3). She ran a particularly strong race for the first two-thirds of the course.
"Anne has been running very consistently this season," said Mark Young '68, Yale's Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field. "Today she put her nose in it, and ran very aggressively early on."
Following Lovelace were senior Alexandra Cadicamo (18:55.3), and then fresmen Elizabeth Marvin (19:13.2), Nihal Kayali (19:13.3) and Caitlin Hudson (19:29.7).
"We were disappointed," senior captain Stephany Reaves admitted. "Our performance did not reflect what good shape we are in and how hard we've been working."
Coach Young said, "Sometimes where you end up isn't as important as how you end up there. Anne set herself up very well during the meet, and Alexandra ran well considering that she missed time earlier in the season. We have two weeks to regroup before Regionals."
Yale will be running at the NCAA Regional Championships in Boston, Mass. on Nov. 14.
Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity