Three Bulldogs Place in the Top 50
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Bulldogs placed sixth out of 45 teams at the Paul Short Invitational today. Yale was bested only by Providence, Villanova, Syracuse, Georgetown and Virginia, all of which are nationally-ranked. The Bulldogs bested Duke (ranked 9th nationally), as well as Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown, Harvard and Penn. The team proved that it can compete with the best in the nation, as well as the Ivy League.
The team was lead by junior Elizabeth Marvin. She placed 22nd out of 396 runners, completing the 6k course in 21:04 and just barely edged by Kirsten Kasper of Georgetown, also at 21:04. They were followed by sophomore Liana Epstein, 23rd in 21:05. Sophomore Melissa Chapman finished 46th in 21:25, followed by junior Nihal Kayali (53rd- 21:33). Junior Caitlin Hudson (61st- 21:40) also scored for the Bulldogs. Freshman Kira Garry (123rd- 22:32) and junior Jacque Sahlberg (147th- 22:43) competed for Yale as well.
The Bulldogs seem poised to break onto the national scene after their dominant performances throughout the season. Particularly after besting a nationally ranked program, Duke, the team has shown that that it will be a force to be reckoned with this year.
Providence College took home the Paul Short title with 101 points, though it was closely contested by Villanova's 104 points. Cornell took 7th with 209 points, followed by Dartmouth in 8th with 301 points. Brown was 12th (393 points), Harvard was 14th (447 points) and Penn was 30th (873 points). Yale had 205 points.
The meet website, with full results, is available here.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity