Nihal Kayali
Nihal Kayali
Year: Sr.
Hometown: La Jolla, Calif.
High School: La Jolla
Major: Political science
Residential College: Pierson

Collegiate Bests

800m 2:11.50

1000m 2:50.00

1500m 4:21.98

Mile 4:45.04

3000m 9:29.39

5000m 16:30.63

5k (xc) 19:38

High School Bests

800m 2:12.34

Mile 4:59.14

3200m 10:59.80

2012 Cross Country Captain

2012-2013: In cross country, third overall in Yale’s win over Harvard…First on the team at the Paul Short Invitational and Heps, where the Bulldogs were fifth…Third Bulldog at the Wisconsin Invitational...In indoor track, placed fifth in the 3,000m at Heps...Finished first in the 3,000m at the Giegengack Invitational...In outdoor track, raced a personal best of 9:29.39 in the 3,000m of 9:29.39 at Penn Relays...Also ran a personal best of 16:30.63 in the 5,000m at Raleigh Relays...Placed seventh in the 5,000m at ECACs...also placed seventh in the 1,500m at Heps, as well as sixth place in the 3,000m...Finished in first place in the 1,500m at the Oxford-Cambridge meet...placed third in the 1,500m and fourth in the 800m at Harvard-Yale...Received the James Stack Award.

2011-2012: In cross country, Academic All-Ivy...Placed 32nd out of 243 runners and third on the team at the NCAA Northeast Regional to help the team to sixth place overall, its best finish since 2005...Third on the team and 19th overall at Heps, where the Bulldogs were fourth...Fourth at the Princeton Invitational, where the Bulldogs went 1-2-3-4-5 to win...Competed at HYP…In indoor track, fourth in the one mile run at ECACs in 4:49.08…Fifth in the one mile run at Heps…In outdoor track, qualified to compete at the NCAA Regional in the 1,500-meter run after finishing in 4:23.65 at ECACs, good for sixth and All-East recognition…Third in the 3,000-meter run at Heps in 9:34.85…Won the 1,500-meter run and third in the 3,000-mter run at HYP…Placed 25th in the 1,500-meter run at NCAA Regionals to cap the season.

2010-2011: In outdoor track, USTFCCCA First-team All-Academic and All-East...Placed 14th in the 1500m at the NCAA First Round meet...Second at ECACs in the 1500m in collegiate-best 4:21.98, which is the second-fastest in school history...Fourth at Heps in the 1500m...Second at Heps in the 3000m...Member of the distance medley relay team that broke the school record and finished seventh at the Penn Relays (11:12.08)...Second in the 1500m at Harvard-Yale...Won the 3000m and the 1500m at the Princeton Sam Howell Invitational... In indoor track, first at indoor ECAC Championships in the mile... Top-10 school times in the mile and the 1000m...Personal best of 4:45.04 in the mile at HYP...Third at indoor Heps in the mile.

2009-2010: Consistently a member of the Bulldogs’ top seven...First team finisher at Lock Haven Meet...Fourth team finisher at Heps...Third team finisher at NCAA Regionals... 12th at outdoors Heps in the 800m with a season best of 2:13.38.

High School: School record-holder in 1600m and 3200m…Cross country captain senior year…Two-time California state meet qualifier in track…San Diego Hall of Champions Female Student-Athlete of the Year…Union-Tribune All-Academic First Team for cross country, soccer, track…Earned 12 varsity letters…Captain of varsity soccer team junior and senior year…Offensive MVP for three years…Team won CIF Division III Championship…SoCal Regionals Runner-up.

Personal: Pierson College … Brother Murat Kayali ’09 ran cross country and track for Bulldogs.