Kayali Receives Stanley-Cleary Award
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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."
Chapman has been an integral member of the team since her freshman year. She was consistently in the top five for Yale's squad during her rookie season, including a third-place finish for the team at Heps that year. As a sophomore, Chapman won the Fordham Invitational, placed sixth overall at HYP and scored for the Bulldogs at Heps and the NCAA Northeast regional meet. This year, she helped propel the team to its first nationally-ranked season in seven years. She repeated as champion at the Fordham Invitational and placed in the top 50 at the Wisconsin Invitational, where the Bulldogs placed 13th.
Kayali was also part of the Bulldog's emergence onto the national scene this year. She finished in the top 10 at Heps to earn a spot on the All-Ivy Second-Team and was the team's second runner at the NCAA National meet.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity