2012 Yale Women's Cross Country News

February 28, 2013
Epstein and Team Awarded DI All-Academic Status
This past Monday, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association honored Yale women’s cross country with the distinction of Division I Cross Country All-Academic status for the 2012 season. In addition, junior Liana Epstein was one of 115 All-Academic individual awardees. This marks the second year in a row Epstein has been named an honoree. The award is only given to those student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better. In addition, they must have finished in the top 15 or top ten percent in the NCAA Division I Northeast Region Cross Country Championships this past November, or have been awarded All-America status by the USTFCCA. To qualify, Epstein finished 25th in the NCAA Northeast Regional. Her 6k time of 20:42.90 placed her in the top 10% of 253 finishers.

December 11, 2012
Cross Country Elects Chapman as Next Captain
This year during the annual banquet for the Yale women’s cross country team, junior Millie Chapman was chosen by her teammates to take the helm in the 2012-2013 academic year. This year’s current captain, senior Nihal Kayali was awarded the Mike Stanley-John Cleary Class of 1954 Women's Cross Country Award, given annually to "the outstanding member of the Yale women's cross country team who excels in Dedication, Commitment, and Inspiration to the sport of cross country."

November 13, 2012
Epstein Named All-Northeast
Junior Liana Epstein was named to the All-Northeast team for her 25th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Friday, Nov. 9. Epstein paced the Bulldogs to seventh place among 37 teams.

November 9, 2012
Cross Country Seventh at Regionals
The Yale women's cross country team fought their way back to the top with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional meet on Friday. The team cemented its status as a regional powerhouse and ended the season on a positive upswing after placing fifth at Heps. Four of the Bulldogs placed among the first 50 finishers, and all seven were within the fastest 100 of the 253 competitors.

November 7, 2012
NCAA Regionals Offers Redemption for Cross Country
After a fifth-place finish at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, the Yale women’s cross country team has a chance to redeem itself on Friday when it hosts the NCAA Northeast Regional meet at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Conn. The team has set its sights on placing fifth at Regionals and qualifying for the NCAA National meet on Nov. 17 in Kentucky.

October 30, 2012
Epstein and Kayali Earn Second-Team All-Ivy Accolades
Two members of the Yale women's cross country team were recognized for their efforts at Saturday's Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, where the Bulldogs placed fifth. Sophomore Liana Epstein and senior captain Nihal Kayali were named to the All-Ivy second-team for finishing in the top 14 of the race.

October 27, 2012
Bulldogs Fall Just Short of Top-Three Finish at Heps
The Yale women’s cross country team went into the 2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships buoyed by their first national ranking in seven years, as well as victories over Harvard and other ranked teams during the course of the season. Unfortunately, they fell just short of their lofty goal of a top-three finish at Heps on Saturday, earning 108 points to place fifth. They were just 15 points shy of the two teams tied for third-place, Brown and Harvard, in a heart-breakingly close 6,000-kilometer race. Despite the setback, the team will have time to regroup before taking on the Northeast in the NCAA Regional on Nov. 9, where they will try to defend their No. 3 regional ranking.

October 24, 2012
No. 22 Cross Country Looks to Take Heps by Storm
The Yale women’s cross country team, currently ranked 22nd in the nation, will travel to Princeton to compete in the annual Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Saturday. The Bulldogs are positioned to make a statement this year, more so than they have been in many years past. Yale’s best finish at Heps in the past nine years was third in 2004; they were a triumphant fourth last year after placing eighth for three years before that.

October 19, 2012
Bulldogs Win at CCSU Mini-Meet Despite Rain
The Yale women's cross country team traveled to Central Connecticut State University on Friday to compete in the CCSU Mini-Meet and they left with a triumphant win over 13 teams on a wet, muddy course. Yale outpaced contingents from Providence College and University of Connecticut, regional powerhouses who were also resting their top seven for championship meets. The win demonstrates the power of Yale's depth; even with the Bulldog front-runners sitting out the race, six of the top 10 spots went to Yale Blue uniforms.

October 16, 2012
Cross Country Jumps Eight Spots to No. 22 in National Ranking
After a stunning performance in last Friday’s Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, the Yale women’s cross country team has leap-frogged eight spots to No. 22 in the national coaches’ poll conducted each week by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The team was rewarded for its 13th-place finish in Wisconsin, better than seven nationally-ranked squads and tying one other. The Bulldogs’ front-runners will take this week off to prepare for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Oct. 27 while the rest of the team competes in the Central Connecticut State University Mini-Meet this Friday.

October 12, 2012
Bulldogs Beat Seven Nationally-Ranked Squads at Wisconsin Invitational
The Yale women’s cross country team proved on Friday that it could run with the fastest in the nation as it cruised to a 13th-place finish at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, beating seven nationally-ranked teams and tying an eighth. Additionally, of the twelve teams that placed in front of the Bulldogs, ten are ranked in the top 15. With this dominating performance, Yale has shown that it deserves to be considered among the best in the country.

October 11, 2012
No. 30 Cross Country Takes On Midwest
On the heels of their first national ranking since 2005, the Yale women’s cross country team will travel to the Midwest on Friday to compete in the fourth annual Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, a competitive meet that will draw 20 of the top 30 teams in the nation. 2012 marks the first year that the Bulldogs will compete in the invitational, hosted by the University of Wisconsin.

October 7, 2012
Bulldogs Claim Sixth at New England Championships
The Yale women’s cross country team rallied to a sixth-place finish on Sunday at the New England Championships, outscoring most of the 37-team field. A mostly younger contingent of Bulldogs competed in the meet, as the team’s usual top scorers rested for the more-competitive Wisconsin Invitational on Oct. 12.

October 3, 2012
No. 30 Bulldogs to Compete in New England Championships
The Yale women's cross country team will compete in the New England Championships on Sunday, Oct. 7, in Westfield, Mass. The team will rest some of its racers to prepare for the Wisconsin Invitational in two weeks, giving less-experienced athletes a chance to race in a large meet setting. Yale is fresh off its first ranking amongst the top 30 teams in the nation in seven years, after being rewarded for a fourth-place finish at Paul Short where Yale beat two top-10 teams.

October 2, 2012
Yale Enters National Rankings for First Time in 7 Years
After a dominant performance at the Paul Short Invitational last weekend, the Yale women's cross country team has garnered a No. 30 ranking in the national poll, conducted by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Assocation. This week marks the team's first national ranking since September of 2005, when the Bulldogs were 25th in the country.

September 28, 2012
Nationally-Ranked Teams Fall to Bulldogs
Continuing the trend set in 2012, the Yale women’s cross country team finished fourth at the Paul Short Invitational, blowing two nationally-ranked teams out of the water. The Bulldogs, who had been hoping for a top-five finish, bested Providence College (sixth) and Villanova University (seventh), which are some of the best teams in the country. Yale was also able to squeeze Dartmouth out of the top four by only two points, an extremely small margin. Ivy foe Cornell claimed the title with a field-low 55 points, followed by the College of William & Mary in second and Georgetown in third.

September 24, 2012
Cross Country to Compete in Paul Short Invite
The Yale women’s cross country team will travel to Lehigh University in Pennsylvania this Friday for a chance to compete in a 40-team field at the Paul Short Invitational. This is the largest meet the Bulldogs have competed in so far this season, and gives them a chance to prepare for the logistics and racing strategy of such a huge competition, which will pay off when they compete at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships and NCAA Northeast Regionals later this season.

September 15, 2012
Bulldogs Beat Harvard for Second Straight Year
The Yale women's cross country team beat Harvard in convincing fashion on Friday afternoon. Bulldogs claimed six of the top seven spots en route to a near sweep of the Crimson, as Harvard was only able to place three runners in the top 10.

September 12, 2012
Annual Harvard-Yale Race on Friday
The Yale women’s cross country team will prepare to host Harvard on Friday at The Course at Yale in the annual showdown between the two rivals. Last year, Yale bested Harvard but fell to Princeton in a race that included the Tigers. 2011 marked the first time since 2006 that the Bulldogs had bested the Cantabs; the 36-71 margin was convincing. Each of Yale’s top seven runners from that victory will return to race on Friday, including junior Liana Epstein, who placed second overall. By contrast, Harvard’s fastest returning scorer placed 14th last year.

September 8, 2012
Bulldogs Claim Eight of Top 11 Spots, Win Fordham Fiasco
Members of the Yale women’s cross country team grabbed eight of the top 11 spots en route to winning the season-opening Fordham Fiasco on Saturday. The team combined for 17 points, almost a perfect score in cross country, to blow away the rest of the Division I field, as well as the 12 Division III teams competing.

September 6, 2012
Fordham Fiasco Kicks Off Cross Country Season
The Yale women’s cross country team will start off its season on Saturday when it travels to the storied Van Cortlandt Park in New York City to compete at the Fordham Fiasco meet. The team will get a chance to see how its summer preparation stacks up against regional teams, and to find out what it has to focus on going forward.

August 30, 2012
Bulldogs Ready to Race in 2012 Season
In 2011, the Yale women’s cross country team had one of its most successful seasons in recent years. So far in 2012, all signs point to an improvement on the team’s fourth-place finish at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships and a farther foray onto the national scene. Six of the seven scorers from last year return, as do several key athletes who were sick or injured during the championship season. Additionally, a talented freshman class will help propel the team to new heights.

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