Yale Women to Battle Princeton, Harvard Saturday

Sept. 26, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's cross country team will compete Saturday, September 25, in the annual "HYP" tri-meet against Harvard and Princeton at the Yale Golf Course in New Haven, Conn. The Bulldogs hope to improve on last year's third-place, 64-point performance behind both the Tigers and the Crimson.

Yale looks to build on a season that began on a high note with individual and team victory at the Fairfield Invitational in Fairfield, Conn. Junior Stephanie Pearl led a strong pack of Bulldogs, four of which finished in the top ten (senior Bevin Peters, senior Claire Leatherwood and freshmen Madeline Adams and Anne Lovelace). However, the Bulldogs will have their work cut out for them.

Ranked first in the Mid-Atlantic region and seventh in the national pre-season USTFCCCA polls, Princeton returns all five scorers (Megan Brandeland, Liz Costello, Ashley Higginson, Christy Johnson and Jolee Van Leuven) from last year's dominating performance at the Heptagonal cross country championships. Costello, Higginson and Van Leuven are all individual Heptagonal track and field champions as well.

The Crimson, ranked sixth in the USTFCCCA pre-season Northeast region polls, returns a squad that was entirely composed of freshmen last year. Watch for now-sophomores Renata Cummins, Meghan Houser, Eliza Ives, Jamie Olson and Claire Richardson -- the team that finished fifth for Harvard last year at the Heptagonal cross country championships -- to return in good form.

The women's race will begin at the Yale Golf Course at 4:30 p.m.

report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity