Frontrunners Return to Race in Franklin Park
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This 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.
The meet will include three teams who are ranked in the top nine in the country: No. 1 Providence, No. 3 Oregon and No. 9 Cornell. Providence is also ranked first in the Northeast Region, while Cornell is second. Still holding steady from the season's start, the Bulldogs will enter the meet ranked at No. 9 in the Northeast Region. Though no other Ivies except Yale and Cornell will compete, regional contenders include the meet's host, No. 3 Boston College, as well as No. 4 Syracuse, No. 12 Stony Brook and No. 14 New Hampshire. The meet will also provide an opportunity for the team to test its strength again competition from outside the Northeast Region.
Liana Epstein—the senior who finished second overall at the Harvard-Yale meet—will likely be the team's number one competitor this week. Freshman Chandler Olson is sure to strive to maintain her spot as a top-seven scorer, after running the course at Franklin Park in 18:20 earlier this season—the second-fastest time of any Bulldog. Senior captain Millie Chapman is usually among the team's best contenders—having completed the course just seconds after Olson at Harvard-Yale. Junior Kira Garry will look also look to improve upon her previous Franklin Park time of 18:26 at this week's meet. Other members likely to contribute to the team's overall depth include freshman Rachel Jones, sophomore Elizabeth McDonald and juniors Hannah Alpert and Anna Demaree.
The Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown – BC XC Invite will begin this Friday at 3:30 p.m. Results will be posted on yalebulldogs.com when available.
Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity