October 27, 2010

Cross Country to Compete in Ivy League Championships

Bulldogs Look to Prove Themselves Against the Rest of the Ancient Eight

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – On Friday, Oct. 29, the Bulldogs will compete in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships (Heps) at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y. For many Bulldogs, this race represents the height of their season, as Ivy League rivalries often do for Yale teams.

The Bulldogs jumped into the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Northeast region rankings last week, taking the eighth position and bettering both the Brown and Dartmouth squads, which were 12th and 15th, respectively.  This achievement came after Yale's strong finish at the Penn State National meet on Oct. 16, where the Bulldogs placed eighth out of 31 schools.

 "We want to use that momentum going forward," said senior captain Liya Assefa. "Our team is really excited to prove at this Heps that we are better and stronger than we were in recent years."

Heps will be the beginning of the championship season for Yale, a time for the team to pull together everything it has achieved so far this year.

 "The team is really coming together. It's going to be really fun when we get out there and show the other Ivies what we can do," said sophomore Elizabeth Marvin, a frequent member of the Bulldogs' top runners.

This year's Heptagonal Championships will be the last for head coach Mark Young '68, who is retiring as the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field at the end of the cross country season after 31 years. He will continue to coach Yale's female distance runners during the 2010-2011 track and field season.

The race will start at 11:00 a.m.  Results will be posted on www.yalebulldogs.com and http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/championships/xc/Results as soon as they are available.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity