NCAA Regionals Offers Redemption for Cross Country
Bulldogs Looking to Bounce Back from Heps
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.
Senior captain Nihal Kayali recognized that the team's performance at Heps will be extremely motivating on Friday: "The disappointment of Heps has whetted our appetites for redemption and we intend to come out to Hammonasset with a vengeance. Our goal is to stay focused, stick to our pack running, and race into the top five in the region," she said. The Bulldogs have performed at their best throughout the season when they were able to run close together during meets, most notably at the Wisconsin Invitational last month when only 24 seconds separated the first four runners.
Ranked as high as third in the Northeast region by the coaches' poll this season, the Bulldogs are currently number eight. However, they have beaten most of the other teams at least once this fall, including No. 2 Connecticut, No. 4 Boston College, No. 5 Harvard and No. 7 Syracuse. Their ranking this week reflects the Heps' results, which do not accurately portray the Bulldogs' competitiveness in the region.
Freshman Isabel Amend, junior Sarah Barry, junior Millie Chapman, sophomore Anna Demaree, junior Liana Epstein, sophomore Kira Garry, senior Caitlin Hudson, Kayali, senior Elizabeth Marvin and freshman Emily Stark will suit up for the Bulldogs.
38 teams are scheduled to compete. The meet website, with directions and parking information, is available at http://www.yalebulldogs.com/ncaaxcregional/index. The women's 6k race will start at noon on Friday, with the men's 10k kicking off at 1:15 p.m.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity