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Bulldogs Go Head-to-Head with Harvard

Elizabeth Marvin.
Elizabeth Marvin.

Dual Meet to be Held in Mass.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's cross country team will head north to face tough rival Harvard this Friday. The Crimson is hosting the dual meet, which will be held at its home course at Franklin Park in Boston. For the past several years the Yale women have competed in a Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet at this time of the season (which Yale hosted last year), but Princeton will not be competing on Friday; the Yale men's cross country team has held a dual meet with Harvard at this time for the past 95 years.

The Bulldogs last raced at the Iona Meet of Champions in New York City, where they placed sixth out of 23 teams. The top runners all worked together in a pack led by freshman Elizabeth Marvin (24:01.43). The spread of time between Marvin and Yale's fifth runner, sophomore Anne Lovelace, was only eight seconds, which is a very good sign for success of the team this season. If the Bulldogs can practice working together in a tight pack again this weekend, they will greatly improve their score.

Yale can continue looking to its freshmen to see how they will prove themselves as the season progresses, including Marvin and Nihal Kayali. The last meet's top five also included senior captain Stephany Reaves, senior Stephanie Pearl and sophomore Anne Lovelace.

The Crimson has some impressive runners this season. Ranked seventh in the northeast region by the U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Preseason Regional Rankings, it has gone on to prove its worth by winning the Iona Meet of Champions with 44 points in a field of 23 schools. Freshman Sammy Silva won the 6k in 22:35.43, 18 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor, with her teammates not far behind her.

The NCAA Regional Championships will also be held at Franklin Park this year, so this will be a good chance for the Bulldogs to test their legs there.

Results will be posted on after the race.

Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity