National Qualifying Meet to be Held Saturday at Hammonasset State Park
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The women's cross country team will co-host the NCAA Division I Cross Country Northeast Regional meet this Saturday, along with Fairfield University. The team will be joined by 37 other schools from New England and New York State to vie for spots in the NCAA Championship meet on Monday, Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Bulldogs are looking to rebound after placing eighth at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Friday, Oct. 29.
"Our objective is to be at least in the top 10," said head coach Mark Young '68, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field. Yale is currently ranked 11th in the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association poll.
"Harvard (ninth), Columbia (fifth), Brown (sixth) and Cornell (seventh) all ran well at Heps or earlier, so we will have our work cut out, but I think that we can do it," Young added. Dartmouth, the other Ivy League school in the region, is ranked 15th. Princeton and Penn are in the Mid-Atlantic region, claiming the third and eighth spots, respectively.
The competition will also include nationally-ranked teams, like No. 9 Syracuse, No. 14 Providence and No. 15 Stony Brook.
The course will add a wrinkle to the race. Hammonasset State Park, in Madison, Conn., has only been used as a cross country site once, so no team will have much familiarity with it. The women's 6k race will start at noon. More information, including directions, can be found at http://www.yalebulldogs.com/ncaaxcregional/index. Results will be posted on www.yalebulldogs.com when they are available.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity