Van Cortlandt Park Course Offers Regional Practice for the Bulldogs
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This 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.
In 2009, the Bulldogs took sixth place overall out of a total of twenty-one teams. As all seven runners have since graduated, this year's team will take Iona on for the first time. In addition, the Yale squad will consist of underclassmen and middle distance runners, while the team's top scorers will be using the week to recover before returning to compete next weekend at Boston College.
Two of the 22 teams racing on Saturday will be competition later this year during the championship season. One other Ivy League team will attend the event—Brown, ranked No. 11 in the USTFCCCA Division I rankings for the Northeast Region. The Bulldogs will race against Brown in both the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships and at regionals. Iona is also ranked at No. 6 in the Northeast Region.
The meet will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Results will be posted on the website of Fast Track Timing, Inc., here, when available.
Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity