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Bulldogs Tackle 3k Race at CCSU Mini Meet

Melissa Fairchild (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)
Melissa Fairchild (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)

Team Performs in Final Meet before Championship Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale women's cross country team will travel to New Britain, Conn., to compete at Stanley Quarter Park this Friday. The CCSU Mini Meet, hosted by Central Connecticut State, features a shorter 3k race for female competitors and includes both varsity and sub varsity divisions.

Last year, Yale placed sixth overall in a race that included more than 100 opponents. Regionally ranked competitors such as No. 5 Providence, No. 6 New Hampshire and No. 13 Stony Brook were all in attendance.

The squad will include many athletes who did not compete last weekend at the Pre-National Invitational, giving the team's frontrunners a chance to rest before the championship season begins. The remainder of the team will use this weekend's race as a final chance to prove they can add value to the team performance in the meets to come. Some of the athletes competing, including junior Grace Brittan and sophomore Delaney FitzPatrick, will likely showcase a talent for shorter distances this weekend that will allow them to shine during the track and field season.

In addition to Brittan, sophomore Emily Barnes, freshman Jennie Callan, senior Anna Demaree, freshman Melissa Fairchild, freshman Kate Raphael and sophomore Frances Schmiede will all compete in the varsity race.

Raphael enters the race in the best position to finish first on the team. She just barely missed finishing in the top seven at the Paul Short Invite, behind the squad that competed at Pre-Nationals last weekend. Based off their performances at HYP and the Paul Short Invite, Fairchild and Schmiede are also likely to lead the pack in the varsity race. Both runners claimed personal bests in the 6k this season. Moreover, Demaree will look to finish in the top-five, as she was second on the team at the New England Championships two weeks ago and finished shortly behind Fairchild at Paul Short. The final spot in the top-five could go to any of the remaining Bulldogs, as Barnes, Brittan and Callan are all fairly evenly matched.

FitzPatrick will likely lead the way in the sub varsity race—as she finished first in the varsity race at the New England Championships and claimed a faster time than some varsity competitors. Look for freshman Clare Carroll to be close by, as she nabbed a personal best at Paul Short and finished in the top-five in the varsity race at the New England Championships. Freshman Julia Borowski, freshman Sarah Healy and sophomore Rachel Jones all finished within 30 seconds of one another at the New England Championships, while freshman Katrina Garry and junior Alyssa LaGuardia rounded out the team's junior varsity competitors. In addition, freshmen Claire Ewing-Nelson and Shelby Mauchline will join the sub varsity race, competing in their first meets of the season.

The sub varsity race will begin at 3:00 p.m., while the varsity race follows at 3:30 p.m. Results will be posted on when available.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity