Garry Places 11th Overall
BRONX, N.Y.—This Friday, the Yale women's cross country team competed at the 2014 DI Northeast Regional Championships, hosted in the Bronx at Van Cortlandt Park. The team maintained its No. 10 ranking in the region with 270 pts. Impressive performances from the team's top-five allowed the Bulldogs to overcome Harvard (11th—283 pts), who bested Yale just two weeks prior at the Heptagonal Championships. Moreover, the Bulldogs finished just 13 points behind Cornell (9th—257 pts). Iona won the meet with a total of 91 points.
Head Women's Cross Country Coach Amy Gosztyla was happy with the team's overall performance, calling it "very strong."
As expected, senior Kira Garry lead her team to its top-ten finish. Garry's 11th-place performance is the best since Liana Epstein '14 took 11th, as well, in 2011. Last year, Garry ran one of her best races of the season to finish in 54th. Yet the mark she claimed on Friday, 20:30.03, is more than a full minute faster than her time from 2013.
In an incredibly strong team effort, the next four athletes to finish, making up the team's top-five, all did so within 20 seconds of one another. Not two seconds off her personal best, junior Elizabeth McDonald had a remarkable race. Though usually the fifth-place runner on the team, McDonald's effort propelled her to the team's second-best finisher. Her time of 21:31.31 was good for 53rd place. Freshman Dana Klein kept close to McDonald in 21:33.41. The two worked together to finish just one place apart, with Klein coming in at 55th place in a field of hundreds of competitive athletes.
Three more Bulldogs also used their teammates to pace themselves throughout the 6k course. Sophomore Emily Waligurski claimed a personal best finish of 21:48.80. Junior Emily Stark and freshman Kelli Reagan were just milliseconds behind Waligurski in 21:48.84 and 21:48.99. The trio took 75th through 77th places while ensuring a strong core and as few total team points as possible.
Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity