Yale Women Head to Maine for Murray Keatinge Invitational

Stephanie Pearl.
Stephanie Pearl.

Sept. 28, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's cross country team will compete at the 16th annual Murray Keatinge Invitational this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the University of Maine, marking the first time in program history the Bulldogs will participate in this event.

This year's field will provide a great challenge for the Bulldogs. Annual participants Dartmouth, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine will all be in attendance, as will southeast regional power Duke. The Blue Devils were second at the NCAA southeast regional championships and 10th at the NCAA championships last year. They return All-American Maddie McKeever from that effort to lead them this year. McKeever was 17th at the NCAA championships last season, 27.1 seconds behind Yale senior Lindsay Donaldson (third place).

The past two years the meet has been witness to some of the best teams in the nation. In 2005, Stanford won the team title at the Murray Keatinge Invitational and then proceeded to win both team NCAA regional and NCAA championship titles. In 2006, Texas Tech won the Keatinge Invitational, then went on to second place at their NCAA regional championship and later sixth at NCAA championships.

"This meet provides us with some out-of-region competition as well as another race to prepare for competition later in the season," said head coach Mark Young. "We're looking to improve into the New England championships."

The Bulldogs expect to build off their second-place finish at the Quinnipiac Invitational this past Friday. Yale was lead that race by sophomore Allyson Rinderle, who took fifth overall, followed closely by the next four Bulldogs, who all finished within the next ten places.

Following the Murray Keatinge Invitational, the Bulldogs will compete on Oct. 6 at the New England Championships in Boston, Mass.

report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity