New England Championships Offers Diverse Competition
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—In its fourth meet of the season, Yale women's cross country will travel to Boston to compete at the course at Franklin Park. The 124th annual New England Championships includes both varsity and junior varsity races, allowing more inexperienced members of the team to make the trip to compete on Saturday.
The NEICAAA includes 67 colleges and universities from six New England states. Thus, this race tends to attract a large and diverse field of competition from all three collegiate divisions. Though the race may not quite reach the numbers the team faced last weekend, 43 teams participated in the varsity race last year—allowing for a vast field to test Yale's newfound strength and stability.
After last week's extraordinary performance at the Paul Short Invitational, the Bulldogs beat out Cornell to move up one place in the USTFCCCA rankings. They are currently No. 7 in the Northeast Region. Yale's fourth-place finish last week also signaled a move back to the status it held in 2012, when it was nationally ranked. The meteoric improvements the Bulldogs have enjoyed are in part due to its freshman class. Many of the 14 recruits will compete in the junior varsity and varsity races this weekend.
Three athletes to watch in the varsity race are senior captain Hannah Alpert, sophomore Emily Barnes and freshman Clare Carroll. All three claimed huge personal records at last weekend's competition, with Alpert breaking the 22-minute barrier in the 6k for the first time. Senior Anna Demaree has competed in every race so far this season, and finished the 6k course last weekend in under a 6:00 minute pace. She will join sophomores Jennie Callan and Rachel Jones in the varsity race. Jones helped her team to a second-place finish at Iona this season, while Callan competed at HYP. Freshman Sarah Healy will round out the Bulldogs in her first meet of the season.
In the junior varsity race, freshman Julia Borowski, freshman Claire Ewing-Nelson, sophomore Delaney FitzPatrick, senior Alyssa LaGuardia and freshman Shelby Mauchline will also have the chance to compete in their first competitions of the season. Freshman Katrina Garry, who also participated in HYP and the Iona Meet of Champions, will join this squad.
The junior varsity race will begin at 11:00 a.m., while the varsity race will begin at 11:45 a.m. Results will be posted here and on yalebulldogs.com at the conclusion of the meet. A course map and a time schedule are both available at the same link.
Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity