September 15, 2012

Bulldogs Beat Harvard for Second Straight Year

Epstein Paces Field for Victory

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - 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.

Junior Liana Epstein was the individual champion in 17:24.78. She out-leaned Samantha Silva of Harvard by less than one second to solidify the Bulldogs' win. Senior captain Nihal Kayali was next in 17:31.94, followed by senior Caitlin Hudson in 17:39.00. Junior Millie Chapman was fifth overall in 17:43.31 and senior Elizabeth Marvin was sixth in 17:46.03 to round out the scoring. Freshman Emily Stark was right on Marvin's tail, finishing in 17:47.66.

Junior Sarah Barry (12th- 18:29.01), sophomore Kira Garry (14th- 18:37.68), senior Jennifer Donnelly (15th- 18:52.74), senior Annelies Gamble (16th- 18:56.99), senior Tori Flannery (18th- 19:01.71), sophomore Hannah Alpert (19:20.00), junior Wendy DeWolf (25th- 19:35.32), freshman Isabel Amend (26th- 19:41.06), freshman Elizabeth McDonald (27th- 20:05.04) and sophomore Alyssa LaGuardia (29th- 20:45.95) also represented Yale in the victory.

Until 2011, the Bulldogs hadn't beaten Harvard in the annual dual meet since 2006. This year's victory helps cement Yale's position as an Ivy League rival to beat for the rest of the Ancient Eight, and will give the team confidence going into the Paul Short Invitational in two weeks.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity