Nationally-Ranked Teams Fall to Bulldogs

Nihal Kayali (photo by Tim O'Dowd).

Finish Fourth at the Paul Short Invitational

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – 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.

Senior captain Nihal Kayali paced the team, finishing in 14th at 20:50. Junior Millie Chapman also had a top-20 finish and was second for the team, just edging Meghan McGovern of William & Mary in 20:55. Freshman Emily Stark was 35th overall at 21:09. Junior Liana Epstein and senior Elizabeth Marvin were part of a three-person spread at 21:14. Senior Caitlin Hudson was 49th in 21:22 and sophomore Kira Garry was 80th in 21:54.

"We came into the race aiming for a top-five finish and we're really pleased that we were able to accomplish that," said coach Amy Gosztyla. "Nihal Kayali did a great job leading our pack today through the wet and muddy course with our top five finishing only 24 seconds apart."

Senior Jennifer Donnelly (139th- 22:26), senior Jacque Sahlberg (171st- 22:45) and junior Sarah Barry (193rd- 22:54) also competed for Yale. 360 athletes competed in total.

Abbey D'Agostino of Dartmouth was the overall winner and the only runner to break 20 minutes, finishing in 19:58. Cornell had the second- and fourth-place finishers to help cement their victory. Brown was eighth overall with 196 points, Harvard was 13th with 414 points, University of Pennsylvania with 16th with 490 points. Yale had 147 points to Dartmouth's 149. In-state rival Quinnipiac was 18th with 593 points.

Full results are available here. The Bulldogs are back in action on Oct. 7 at the New England Championships at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity