NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Coming off a promising season opener at HYP, the Yale women's cross country team will take on inter-regional competition at the Paul Short Invitational this Saturday. A large contingent of Bulldogs will be competing, fielding a varsity and a junior varsity squad.
The race will be hosted by Lehigh, with the course running along campus. This race marks the transition to the classic 6k race distance typical of NCAA women's cross country. The Bulldogs' previous races have been at the 5k distance, so this meet presents an important opportunity to gain experience on the longer course, which is especially helpful for the first-year athletes.
In the past, this meet has featured nationally ranked teams and particularly large fields, offering a chance to race against high-level competition before the championship portion of the season.
Yale will be joined by Ivy League competition Columbia, Cornell and Penn. With less than a month until the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, it will provide not only an invaluable opportunity to race against national caliber competition, but also determine how the Bulldogs stack up within the League.
Seven athletes will race in the varsity race, all of whom placed in the top seven for Yale at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton triagonal meet earlier in September. Another nine athletes will race in the junior varsity race.
The varsity race will feature a number of familiar athletes. Senior Andrea Masterson is coming off a dominant season opener that earned her back-to-back HYP titles. First-year Jocelyn Chau will join Masterson after finishing just behind her in her debut Yale race. Chau will be joined by fellow first-year Morgan McCormick, who is also coming off an impactful Yale debut.
Sophomores Kayley DeLay and Sevanne Ghazarian will be on the varsity squad after scoring for the Bulldogs at HYP. Rounding out the varsity squad are juniors Arianna Lord and Jane Miller. Both Lord and Miller ran collegiate bests at their season openers and will be athletes to watch this weekend given their current trajectory.
The Yale varsity squad will be racing in the most prestigious of the four races of the day: College Gold. It is set to start at 11:45 a.m.
The junior varsity group features several athletes who are opening up their seasons. Junior Rachel Suss and senior Kate Zendell, two veteran cross country athletes, will be kicking off their 2018 cross country campaigns at Paul Short. For these athletes, it is a familiar course as they both competed for the Bulldogs at the meet two years ago.
Sophomore Megan Quimby will be a Bulldog to keep an eye on this weekend, coming off a lifetime best time from HYP. Juniors Lauren Chapey and Hannah Steffke are also coming off solid starts to their season. Classically long-distance runners, the additional kilometer of the race may serve as a benefit. Samantha Friborg, Chloe Jensen, Abigail Long and Sarah Pillard will also race, adding depth to the Yale team this weekend.
The junior varsity athletes will be racing in the College Open Race, set to start at 10:15 a.m.
Preview by Yale Sports Publicity.