September 19, 2009

Bulldogs Finish Sixth at Iona Meet of Champions

Team Finishes Fourth at Quinnipiac

Complete Meet of Champions Results

Complete Quinnipiac Invitational Results

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women’s cross country team finished sixth at the Iona Meet of Champions Saturday at the renowned Van Cortlandt Park in New York City. Several team members who did not compete in New York competed at the Quinnipiac Invitational in Hamden, Conn. where they finished fourth.

The Meet of Champions 6k started at a chilly 9:30 a.m. with 23 teams and almost 200 runners. Harvard freshman Sammy Silva won the race in 22:35.43, guiding her team to first place with 44 points. Behind Harvard was another Ivy League team: Penn (62 points). Yale finished with 163 points for sixth place.

Yale’s top runner was freshman Elizabeth Marvin, who came in 27th place in 24:01.43. This was a great finish for Marvin, who last week was the second Bulldog across the finish line at the Fairfield Invitational.

Right behind Marvin was the rest of the Bulldogs’ top five in a tight pack: freshman Nihal Kayali was 32nd in 24:05.38, senior captain Stephany Reaves 33rd in 24:05.92, senior Stephanie Pearl 35th in 24:08.58 and sophomore Anne Lovelace 36th in 24:09.59. In all, the amount of time between Marvin’s finish and Lovelace’s was only eight seconds, which is exactly what a team wants when competing in a cross country race.

Yale’s sixth finisher, senior Alexandra Cadicamo, was close behind with a 24:16.09 finish; the time from the leader of the pack to Cadicamo was only 15 seconds, which is still a very tight group.

It’s very exciting for the team to have two freshmen performing so well; both improved in comparison to the rest of the team from last weekend to this one, especially Kayali, who was the sixth Bulldog last weekend. The two seniors balance the top group with experience.

Captain Reaves said, “We were really working as a pack, working with each other. It’s really encouraging, because if we improve together we’ll be a lot better in late October when it really counts.”

Mark Young ’68, Yale’s Mark T. Young ’68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, had similar sentiments: “What we need to do is run like that but move the pack a little closer to the front. But we were better than we were last week, and that’s progress and I always like progress. In the context of who we have I’m very encouraged; we’re headed in the right direction.” 

Ten other Bulldogs competed in the Quinnipiac Invitational against 10 other schools, where they finished fourth with 129 points. Freshman Jennifer Donnelly was Yale’s first finisher in 19:28.1 for 20th place, closely followed by Liya Assefa for 21st (19:30.5). The next three runners for Yale were freshman Phoebe Gaston (26th, 19:41.4), senior Elizabeth Vienneau (31st, 19:50.7) and senior Allyson Rinderle (33rd, 19:58.7). 

Yale’s next race is the annual dual meet against Harvard, which will be held Oct. 2 in Boston.

 

Report by Kyle Eichner ’12, Yale Sports Publicity