Nov. 10, 2007
BOSTON - The Yale women's cross country team finished tenth Saturday afternoon at the 27th annual NCAA Northeast Regional Championship with 251 points. Pre-race favorite Providence won the team title with 72 points to clinch an automatic bid to the NCAA national championship, followed by Stony Brook University, which scored 118 points on its way to upsetting No. 24 Boston College.
Senior Captain Lindsay Donaldson led the way for the Bulldogs, finishing 3rd in 20:31.30, three seconds behind eventual winner Danette Doetzel of Providence (20:28.00). Donaldson's effort Saturday secured an individual bid to the national championship, marking the fourth time she will compete at cross country nationals in her career.
Kelli Buck, in her highest team finish of the year, was the second Bulldog to cross the finish line, running 21:47.60, good for 40th overall. Also recording her highest team finish was senior Ingrid Sproll, Yale's third runner, who finished in 22:03.90 for 54th overall. Senior Meredith Leenhouts was the fourth Bulldog to finish, completing the 5,000-meter course in 22:14.35, good for 64th overall. Senior Elizabeth Calle capped the scoring for Yale, finishing 93rd overall in 22:41.15.
Following the trend of strong performances was junior Kathryn Schleckser. A half-miler by trade, Schleckser has improved tremendously over the course of the cross country season, becoming the Bulldogs' seventh runner two weeks ago at the Heptagonal Championship (60th place overall - 19:17.7). This week Schleckser improved on that result, becoming Yale's sixth runner in a 111th place, 22:57.20 finish.
Despite the fact that Donaldson will now be preparing for another potential All-American run at nationals on Nov. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind., the rest of the Bulldogs' season is not over; as they will compete at the ECAC championship back at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y., on Nov. 17.
report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity