Second Day of Competition of the Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women’s cross country team will go two different ways this weekend: most of the team will travel to the Bronx in New York City to compete in the 15th Annual Br. John “Paddy” Doyle/ Iona College Meet of Champions at Van Cortlandt Park. Several of the women will be staying nearby to compete at the Quinnipiac Invitational in Hamden, Conn.
This is only the second meet of the season for the Bulldogs, but they will already be looking ahead to the future. The Heptagonal Championships in late October are also scheduled to take place at Van Cortlandt, so this will be a good chance to see what that will be like. Of course, this is not an entirely foreign course to the Bulldogs; though Yale has not run the Iona College Meet of Champions in the recent past, last season the Bulldogs competed at Van Cortlandt Park three times: at Heps, the NCAA Regionals and the ECAC Championships. There are different courses: on Saturday the women will be running the 6k course, while for Heps they will run the 5k.
Senior captain Stephany Reaves and sophomores Jennifer Downing and Anne Lovelace all had great performances at Van Cortlandt last year. All three finished among Yale’s top five runners at both NCAA Regionals and the ECACs.
Freshman Elizabeth Marvin, who had a great inaugural race last weekend as the second Bulldog across the finish line, should perform well again. The other freshmen will also have an opportunity to show what they can do: Nihal Kayali and Victoria Flannery were both in Yale’s top seven at Fairfield, and it will be interesting to see what Van Cortlandt’s course, much hillier than Fairfield’s, will do to their performances.
Ivy League rivals Harvard and Penn are among the 23 teams competing at the Meet of Champions. With that many teams, there could be up to 276 women running on the course.
Some of the other women will be running at a smaller meet at Quinnipiac University. They will be competing against nine other teams from the northeast. Their race begins at 12:00 p.m. Results will be posted at PlattSystems.com and at YaleBulldogs.com.
Report by Kyle Eichner ’12, Yale Sports Publicity