Nov. 13, 2004
New York, N.Y. - Freshman Lindsay Donaldson and sophomore Cara Kiernan earned individual bids to the NCAA Championships and led the Yale women's cross country team to a third-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regionals at Van Cortland Park in the Bronx. The Bulldogs await Sunday's announcement of at-large bids to nationals to see if they qualify as a team.
Donaldson placed third in 20:31.2, and Kiernan was fifth in 20:41.7 to lead the Elis, who finished with 97 points. Providence led the 35-team field with 54 points. Heptagonal champion Columbia was second with 67 points to earn the region's other automatic qualifying spot.
Kim Smith of Providence won the individual title in 20:08.8. Her teammate Fiona Crombie was only 1.3 seconds ahead of Donaldson. Kiernan qualified for the national meet for the second straight year. She finished 62nd at NCAAs in 2003, after placing fourth in regionals.
All seven Bulldogs finished in the top 56 of the field of 230, and the five scoring runners were all in the top 32. Senior Anne Martin placed 29th in 21:58.0. Sophomore Katie McKinstry was 31st in 21:59.6, one spot and 2.3 seconds ahead of freshman Betsy Boucher.
report by Casey Hart, Yale Sports Publicity