Bulldogs Beat Harvard at Final Meet of the Season
MADISON, Conn. – The women's cross country team placed a solid 11th out of 35 teams at the NCAA Northeast Regional meet this Saturday at Hammonasset State Park. The team was led once again by sophomore Elizabeth Marvin, who placed 33rd among 247 runners, with freshman Sarah Barry turning in her biggest race of the season , placing second on the team and 56th overall.
After Marvin (21:12.2) and Barry came junior Anne Lovelace (75th- 21:48.4), freshman Melissa Chapman (79th- 21:51.6) and sophomore Jacque Sahlberg (80th -21:52.4). Competing but not scoring for the Bulldogs were junior Jennifer Downing (119th- 22:26.1) and junior Kate Grace (126th- 22:28.9).
"Elizabeth was consistent and Sarah had her best race of the year by quite a bit," said head coach Mark Young '68, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field. Barry's time of 21:33.7 is the fastest she has covered 6k in all season. Young also named Sahlberg as a runner who came up big for the team.
"She was a lot further back than runners three and four even with just 2k to go, but she revved it up and ended up right behind Melissa, " he commented.
Saturday's meet brought some much-anticipated Ivy redemption for the Bulldogs. They bested Harvard, which took 14th place, for the first time all season. Yale also beat the University of Connecticut (13th) and Quinnipiac (20th), other in-state rivals.
Yale's last meet of the season, and Young's last meet as head coach, took place at beautiful Hammonasset State Park, which is located right on the water of Long Island Sound.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity