Less Experienced Runners Seize Their Chances to Compete
BOSTON - The Yale women's cross country team placed eighth out of 47 teams at the New England Championships in Boston's Franklin Park.
Junior Jennifer Downing was the Bulldog's first finisher, coming in 25th overall with a time of 18:18, followed by freshman Melissa Chapman (36th- 18:32), sophomore Jacque Sahlberg (47th- 18:47), sophomore Caitlin Hudson (57th- 18:52) and sophomore Jennifer Donnelly (99th- 19:16) rounding out the top five Yale runners. Senior captain Liya Assefa (178th- 20:07) and junior Madeline Adams (193rd- 20:22) also ran for the Bulldogs.
Since Yale is racing at the competitive Penn State Invitational next weekend, head coach Mark Young '68, the Mark T. Young Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, placed some younger and less experienced runners in this race's varsity seven. "Progress is being made," said Young, who was satisfied with the day's races.
Chapman, a freshman, and Sahlberg, who previously played soccer for Yale, are in their first seasons on the team. Both have been performing well recently, fresh off their finishes in Yale's top seven on Sept. 24th against Harvard and Princeton. Downing and Hudson also placed in that meet.
Among 322 racers, the Bulldogs combined for a total of 264 points. Boston College scored 26 points to win the title, its second in the last three years.
Yale will next compete at the Penn State National meet on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 11:00 AM.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity