NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Yale women's cross country team will be racing at the much anticipated Ivy League Heptagonal Championship this weekend. For the first time this season, the Bulldogs will go head-to-head with every Ivy League team.
The meet returns to Princeton's West Windsor Fields this year, the site of the meet in 2016. In stark contrast to Van Cortlandt Park, the venue of last year's championship, the course is flat and grassy, looping around fields. However, the course is still potentially challenging, especially if rain dampens the course.
The past several years, the Bulldogs have recorded high finishes at the championship meet. Yale recorded second-place team finishes in 2015 and 2016, followed by a third-place team finish last year. Columbia took the team title with Dartmouth earning the runner-up position in 2017.
This season, the Bulldogs will look to continue their string of top finishes at the meet and look to improve on last year's finish. With a strong contingent of returners and first-years, the Bulldogs are in a good position to do so.
Nine athletes will compete on Saturday. Andrea Masterson is returning to West Windsor Fields for her fourth and final Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championship. Undoubtedly a favorite in the race given her phenomenal season so far, Masterson will be hungry for the individual title having narrowly finished in the runner-up position last season.
All-Ivy athletes Kayley DeLay and Sevanne Ghazarian will be athletes to watch this weekend. Last season as first-years, DeLay and Ghazarian earned themselves All-Ivy honors by finishing in the top-14.
Not to be discounted in their first Ivy League Championship, first-years Jocelyn Chau and Morgan McCormick have the potential to finish toward the front of this deep field. In nearly every competition so far, Chau and McCormick have scored for the Bulldogs and are likely to contribute to a team success this weekend.
Cross country veteran Ellie Atkinson will debut this weekend, returning to her fourth Ivy League Heptagonal Championship. Atkinson could be a dark horse this weekend given she has always finished in the top seven for the Bulldogs at this competition.
Junior Jane Miller will continue her breakthrough season. She is coming off a particularly impressive finish at the Pre-Nationals Invitational where she set a new lifetime best, exemplifying her ability to compete at a high level in a deep field.
Lauren Chapey, Arianna Lord and Megan Quimby will be competing at their first Ivy League cross country championship. Each of these athletes has steadily progressed through the season and will look to continue that trajectory on Saturday.
Preview by Yale Sports Publicity.