Bulldogs Kick Off 2010-11 Season

Liya Assefa, Annelies Gamble, Stephany Reaves. (photo by Dan Grossman, MapleLeafPhotos.com)
Liya Assefa, Annelies Gamble, Stephany Reaves. (photo by Dan Grossman, MapleLeafPhotos.com)

Compete at Dartmouth on Saturday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs will open the fall 2010 season this Saturday at the Dartmouth Invitational in Hanover, N.H. After a challenging season last year, head coach Mark Young, Yale's Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, said the team will get a fresh start.

"We're not looking back, we're looking forward," Young said.

The Bulldogs lose three of the top seven who ran at NCAA Regionals last year: Alexandra Cadicamo '10, Stephanie Pearl '10 and Stephany Reaves '10. 

However, the team returns junior Anne Lovelace, who was the Bulldogs' consistent top runner last season. Lovelace looks even stronger after breaking the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and qualifying for outdoor NCAA National Championships in track season. Also returning is the sophomore duo of Nihal Kayali and Caitlin Hudson, who ran in the Bulldogs' top seven at Heptagonals and NCAA Regionals last season.

The Bulldogs will also look to sophomore Elizabeth Marvin, who is getting back into competition after battling injuries during cross country her freshman year. Marvin ended her outdoor track season on a strong note with a sub-9:45 time in the 3,000-meter run at ECAC Championships. Another key runner should be senior Kate Grace, an All-American who finished seventh in the 800-meter run at NCAAs last spring. Grace will run cross country for the first time for Yale, although coach Young said that he will limit the number of races Grace competes in to keep her healthy for track season.

Senior captain Liya Assefa, junior Jennifer Downing and sophomore Jacque Sahlberg, who will be joining the team after playing soccer for Yale the past year, should also contribute to the Bulldogs this season.

Among the new recruits, freshman Melissa Chapman looks particularly promising. Other incoming freshmen include Sarah Barry, Wendy Dewolf, Liana Epstein, Clare Kane and Rachel O'Driscoll.

With the start of a new season, coach Young is optimistic about the team's outlook for Heptagonals Championships.

"I certainly think we're capable of competing," Young said.

The women's race at Dartmouth kicks off at 11:10 a.m., and results will be posted on Yalebulldogs.com after the meet. 

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity