NEW HAVEN, Conn.-- On Tuesday at the annual banquet, junior Lauren Chapey was elected to lead the Yale women's cross country team for the 2019-20 campaign.
Chapey is a native of Mamaroneck, N.Y., and is studying mechanical engineering with a multidisciplinary specialty in energy studies. She is a member of Berkeley College.
Throughout her career at Yale, Chapey has consistently improved on the cross country course and on the track. Notably, this season, she earned herself a spot on the Ivy League Cross County Heptagonal Championship for the first time.
Chapey's selection as captain-elect of the cross country team exemplifies her commitment to the team, despite balancing a challenging academic course load while at Yale. Her ability to be a consistent member of the cross country team, while also improving, is remarkable considering the demands required of being an engineering major.
"In balancing school and athletics I've learned to prioritize what is most important to me in my time at Yale, and every time it comes back to my teammates," Chapey explained regarding balance. "Training alongside my teammates is my favorite thing at Yale. I feel so fortunate to be able to devote myself even more to the team through this leadership position."
Head women's cross country coach Amy Gosztyla has taken note of Chapey's consistent commitment to the team.
"Lauren's work ethic and dedication to the program is very respected by her teammates, which is definitely why she elected captain for next year," Gosztyla notes.
Chapey is following in the footsteps of 2018 captain Andrea Masterson after a year of tremendous growth for the program. Leadership from an athlete that has exemplified improvement and dedication to the program will only help the program improve. For the Bulldogs, Chapey sees this as a major advantage and expresses optimism about what the future holds as the team builds off the current season.
"We only lose one of our varsity runners next year and so I am really excited to see our younger athletes continue to improve and contribute to the team success," Chapey explains. "Andrea has been such an inspiration for everyone on the team through her consistency and dedication, and I think we will see her legacy on this team for many years to come."
Bolstered by a contingent of young, talented athletes and only losing Masterson to graduation, the Bulldogs will likely continue their upward trajectory. Chapey has proven her dedication to the program, consistently improved, and clearly displayed her ability to lead, culminating in her recent election as captain.
Gosztyla expresses confidence in what the future holds for the team led by Chapey.
"The future of the program is in great hands with Lauren as the captain-elect."
Report by Gabrielle Rinne '19, Yale Sports Publicity.