Bulldogs Earn Division I All-Academic StatusThis past Friday, the Yale Women’s Cross Country Team was recognized as one of 217 women’s cross country teams to receive the distinction of Division I Cross Country All-Academic status.
Hannah Alpert Elected 2014 Cross Country CaptainThis past Monday, Dec. 9, the Yale women’s cross country team held its annual banquet, electing junior Hannah Alpert as the 2014 captain. A Davenport astronomy and physics major from Needham, Mass., Alpert is ready to take on the role, including the challenges and rewards it will bring.
Chapman Receives Stanley-Cleary AwardJust as the Yale women’s cross country team elected its new captain on Dec. 9 this week at the annual banquet, team members showed their appreciation for the 2013 captain, senior Millie Chapman, who took away 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."
Bulldogs 13th, Outperform 27 Teams at NCAA RegionalsThis Friday, the Yale women’s cross country team competed in its last meet of the season—the NCAA Northeast Regionals held in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The team overcame Boston University (14th- 390 pts.) and Brown (15th- 394 pts.) to place 13th (385 pts.), ahead of 27 other teams. Providence won the meet with 44 points, followed by Dartmouth with 84. Though the Bulldogs will not be advancing on to the NCAA Championship, they will not let up as the 2013-2014 track season approaches.
Bulldogs to Compete Against 40 Teams at Northeast RegionalsThis Friday, the Bulldogs will return from a week of recovery to compete in one of the team’s most anticipated races of the season—the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Although the team’s members made many gains individually at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships two weeks prior, the overall outcome leaves them looking to bounce back with a solid team finish this week.
Freshmen Improve Individually at HepsYale women’s cross country concluded its first championship meet this Saturday. The team’s trip to Princeton, New Jersey, for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships resulted in an eighth-place finish (182 points). Dartmouth took the meet with 31 points, followed by Cornell with 66th. Though the team’s overall finish on Saturday may leave them seeking a second chance—soon to come in the NCAA Northeast Regionals—at least four individual competitors were able to claim their best races to date. Three of these runners were freshmen—allowing for optimism as the team looks to future seasons.
Women’s Cross Country to Tackle Heps SaturdayThis coming Saturday, the Yale women’s cross country team will compete in its first championship meet of the season. The Ivy League Heptagonal Championships will pitch the eight universities against one another, including nationally-ranked Dartmouth (No. 11), Princeton (No. 23), and Cornell (No. 24). As in the past two years, Princeton will host the meet on the 6,000-kilometer course at West Windsor Fields.
Team Surpasses Eight Regional Contenders at CCSU Mini MeetThis Friday, six Bulldogs came together to take on the 3k course at Stanley Quarter Park in the CCSU Mini Meet hosted by Central Connecticut State University. The Bulldogs earned sixth place out of 15 teams—garnering 146 points. They beat out eight regional competitors, including No. 9 Stony Brook (8th- 165 pts.), Quinnipiac (7th- 154 pts.), Central Connecticut (9th-198 pts.), Rhode Island (10th- 219 pts.), Wagner (11th- 330 pts.), St. Francis (12th- 341 pts.), Fairfield (14th- 406 pts.), and Hartford (15th- 417 pts.). No. 1 Providence took the meet with 78 points.
CCSU Mini Meet Held on FridayThis Friday, Yale women’s cross country will bring a team of underclassmen and middle distance runners to compete in the CCSU Mini Meet, hosted by Central Connecticut State University. As the last race before the championship season begins, the meet will offer seven Bulldogs one more opportunity to demonstrate the advances they have made throughout the season.
Total Mortgage Athlete Spotlight of the Week: Liana EpsteinLiana Epstein has proven to be a phenomenal and spirited addition to the Bulldogs ever since she joined the women’s cross country team. This past weekend, Epstein competed in the fifth- annual Wisconsin Adidas Invitational where she ran an impressive 21:39 6k time. Epstein is off to a fast start for the Bulldogs and is this week’s Total Mortgage Athlete Spotlight of the Week.
Garry Gains New 6k Personal BestThis Saturday, a squad of seven Yale women’s cross country competitors traveled to Madison, Wisc. to compete in the fifth- annual Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. The meet pulled rivals from across the country, including 26 nationally ranked teams. Yale compiled 964 points (37th).
Wisconsin Adidas Invitational to be Held SaturdayThis Saturday, the Bulldogs will make the trip to Wisconsin to compete in the fifth-annual Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, hosted by the University of Wisconsin. The meet’s site is the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country course—a world-class 6k course that tests those who undertake it with hilly terrain.
Women’s Cross Country Takes Third in New England ChampionshipsThis Saturday, a team of eleven Yale cross country runners stepped up to the starting line of the New England Championships in Boston, Massachusetts. The course at Franklin Park was one that nearly all of the day’s competitors had previously run this season. Their practice and dedication thus far this season was showcased in the team’s third-place finish. In a meet of this magnitude, this top-tier score required that the Bulldogs best 40 other teams from D1, D2, and D3 teams across New England. They team racked up only 180 points, with New Hampshire winning the meet with 57 points and UConn coming in second with 167 points.
New England Championships Offers Vast FieldThis Saturday, Yale women’s cross country returns to Boston’s Franklin Park for the third time this season to compete in the 123rd annual New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championships (NEICAAA). This time around, the team will bring 11 competitors—nearly twice its usual squad, as the meet includes both varsity and junior varsity races.
Garry, Epstein Boost Team Performance in BostonThis Friday, eight Bulldogs took on the Coast-to Coast Battle in Beantown- Boston College Invite. The meet was a great opportunity for the team to gain experience with both Northeast Regional contenders and competitive teams from outside the region. Yale placed ninth overall in the meet with 211 points. Providence, ranked No. 1 in the region, took the meet with 50 points. Fellow Ivy League Cornell was third with 101 points.
Cross Country Competes in BostonThis Friday, Yale women’s cross country will once again travel to Boston to race at Franklin Park. While last week’s meet served as experience for the team’s underclassmen and middle distance runners, Bulldog frontrunners will once again toe the line this weekend.
Bulldogs Overcome Five Regional Competitors at IonaThe Yale Women’s Cross Country team traveled to New York this Saturday to race in the Iona Meet of Champions. The Bulldogs brought six runners to the meet, mainly freshmen and middle-distance athletes, who used the race to gain valuable experience before joining the team’s frontrunners next week in Boston. The site of the 19th annual Brother John “Paddy” Doyle Iona College Meet of Champions was Van Cortlandt Park—the same course of the regional meet to be held in November.
Iona Meet of Champions to be Held SaturdayThis Saturday, the Bulldogs will start off their morning in the Bronx with the Iona College Meet of Champions. This year marks the meet’s 19th anniversary, although the Yale women’s cross country team has not competed in the meet since 2009. While always raced in New York’s Van Cortlandt Park, the competition’s location will be of particular importance this year—as it is the very course on which the NCAA Northeast Regional meet will take place. The team hopes that Saturday’s meet will offer valuable practice on the 6k course.
Epstein Takes Second Overall at Harvard-YaleThe Yale Women’s Cross Country team started off its season today with the annual Harvard-Yale rivalry. Though the team has won the meet the past two years, the Crimson managed to come out ahead this year, taking the meet with 20 points. By contrast, the first five Bulldogs to finish complied a total of 34 points.
Women’s Cross Country to Defend National RankingThe past two years have been successful ones for the Yale women’s cross country team. While the team boasted a top-four finish at Heps and a top-six finish at Regionals during 2011, the 2012 cross country season was most notable for the team’s No. 22 ranking in the national poll, conducted by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association. The ranking was well-deserved, as the team flew by many nationally-ranked teams at competitive meets such as the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational and Paul Short Invite.
Historic Rivalry to Open Women’s Cross Country SeasonThe Yale Women’s 2013 Cross Country season will begin on Saturday with the annual Harvard-Yale meet, a historic rivalry. This year, the team will travel to Boston to compete at Franklin Park. The meet takes place at alternating sites annually, sometimes including Princeton, but always pitching the two Ivy League competitors head to head in a challenging race.
Eleven Bulldogs to Join Cross Country/Track and FieldThis year, the Yale Bulldogs will welcome 11 new freshmen to the ranks of the cross country and track and field teams. Seven new members will join the cross country team, to be led by captain Millie Chapman. In addition to these long distance runners, who will continue on into the track and field season, four new sprinters, jumpers, and throwers will take on the 2013-14 track and field season, under the guidance of captain Amanda Snajder.
2013 Women's Cross Country Schedule AnnouncedThis fall, Yale women’s cross country will kick off its season in September—starting in Boston with a meet hosted by Harvard at Franklin Park. The meet is hosted annually at alternating sites. Last year marked the second time in a row that Yale bested its long-time rival at the meet, so the energy is sure to be high this year as the Bulldogs toe the starting line.