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Solid Season Opener for Cross Country at Fordham Fiasco

Hannah Steffke. (photo by Jon Nuechterlein)
Hannah Steffke. (photo by Jon Nuechterlein)

BRONX, N.Y. – Saturday morning, seven Yale athletes opened up their season at the Fordham Fiasco. The team was led by upperclassman Hannah Steffke

At Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, after a week of high temperatures and humidity, the weather cooperated and conditions were temperate. As a team, Yale finished in the top half of the field, placing sixth out of 13 teams. Lipscomb took the team title home today, finishing first with a total point score of 25. 

The Bulldog athletes had some individually strong performances on a particularly challenging course. Nearly every Yale athlete finished in the top half of the field of 124 athletes.

Junior Hannah Steffke was the top finisher for the Bulldogs, coming in 23rd overall with a time of 20:09.48. She was closely followed by Megan Quimby who finished 25th with a time of 20:12.95. For Quimby, who is classically a middle distance runner and never ran cross country in high school, this finish exemplifies her development as a long distance runner.

Sophomore Zoe Neuchterlein finished next for Yale, finishing 30th overall. She was followed by Lauren Chapey and Chloe Jensen. In her debut, first year Abigail Long was the sixth Yale athlete to cross the line. Sarah Pillard rounded out the Yale finishers for the day.

Complete results can be found here. Next up for Yale is the historic Harvard-Yale-Princeton trigonal meet, held in Boston on Friday. It provides an opportunity to go head to head against their biggest Ivy League rivals and see how they stack up again these rivals early in the season.

Recap by Yale Sports Publicity.