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Five Yale Athletes Earn All-Ivy Recognition

Samantha Friborg. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Samantha Friborg. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

PRINCETON, N.J. – Jocelyn Chau, Kayley DeLay, Samantha Friborg and the 4x800-meter relay team have all earned All-Ivy honors for their impressive performances at the championship meet on Saturday and Sunday.

Following the conclusion of Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track and Field Championship, the Ivy League honors the most impressive performers with first team and second team All-Ivy honors.

It is no easy feat to earn this honor, as athletes have to finish first in their event for first team honors and second in their event for second team honors. Given the depth of talent in the League in recent history, earning these honors generally indicates the athletes rank highly in their respective events regionally as well.

At the championship meet this weekend, the middle distance and distance athletes shined and recorded a remarkable number of second place performances in the 800-meter run, 1,500-meter run, 3,000-meter steeplechase, and 4x800-meter relay.

First years Chau and Friborg each earned All-Ivy honors in two events, a noteworthy accomplishment for any athlete, not to mention two athletes that were competing at their first outdoor championship. 

Chau earned the honor for her individual performance in the 1,500-meter run where she narrowly missed first place to finish in second overall. She then doubled back just a few hours later to compete on the 4x800-meter relay. The challenging double on Sunday, paired with a top finish in the preliminary round of the 1,500-meter run, exemplifies Chau's talent, endurance, and strength.

Joining Chau with double All-Ivy Honors is fellow first year Friborg. Over the course of this weekend, Friborg competed in the 800-meter three times and ran under 2:10 each time. Over the course of this season, she has consistently been cutting down off her previous best time week to week, and her consistency this past weekend proves she is ready for another breakthrough in the coming weeks of competition.

Sophomore DeLay continued a stellar season in the steeplechase with her performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Sunday. She entered the 2019 outdoor campaign with a previous lifetime best just under 11-minutes but in the intervening months has cut down her lifetime best to 10:12. On Sunday, despite challenging conditions, she ran less than a second off her best time to narrowly finish second in the event.

For Chau, DeLay and Friborg, this is their first time being awarded All-Ivy recognition.

In addition to Chau and Friborg's contributions to the 4x800-meter relay team, junior Arianna Lord and senior Emma Lower were foundational to the relay team's success. Lord doubled back from competing in the 1,500-meter run and Lower doubled back from competing in the 800-meter run on Saturday to run season bests in the 800-meter run as a member of the relay team.

This is Lower's second time earning All-Ivy recognition as a key member of the 4x800-meter relay team.

Report by Gabrielle Rinne '19, Yale Sports Publicity.