October 16, 2012

Cross Country Jumps Eight Spots to No. 22 in National Ranking

Bulldogs to Compete in CCSU Mini-Meet on Friday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.

Yale experienced one of the most meteoric rises in the polls this week, catapulting from No. 30 to No. 22. Only two other teams covered more ground, and both (No. 11 Duke and No. 15 Texas) were previously un-ranked. No. 7 Cornell (tied with No. 7 Michigan) is the only other ranked team from the Ancient Eight. Columbia was ranked 23rd last week, but was dropped after placing 36th in Wisconsin.

The CCSU Mini-Meet is unique in that the women's race will be only 3,000 kilometers, a much shorter course than the 5,000 or 6,000 kilometers the team is used to racing. Twelve Bulldogs will toe the line for the race: freshman Hannah Alpert, freshman Isabel Amend, junior Sarah Barry, sophomore Anna Demaree, junior Wendy DeWolf, senior Jennifer Donnelly, senior Tori Flannery, senior Annelies Gamble, freshman Anna-Sophie Harling, freshman Elizabeth McDonald, freshman Shannon McDonnell and senior Jacque Sahlberg.

The course record is 10:06, held by Shelby Greany of Providence College. The meet is historically small, with six local teams competing last year. The women's race will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain. Results will be available at www.yalebulldogs.com.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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