Oct. 15, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - On Friday, the Bulldogs will race at the National Invitational hosted by Penn State. This will be the squad's final competition of the regular season, and their first appearance at this meet. The men will race at 10:00 a.m. This will be the most competitive meet of the Bulldogs' schedule so far but the team is in good position to take on the challenge after finishing second last weekend at the Murray Keatinge Invitational, led by senior Murat Kayali's fourth-place finish.
This year's competitors at the Penn State National will include Yale's Ivy League rival Cornell, currently ranked No. 5 in the Northeast region USTFCCCA poll and ahead of No. 7 Yale. Cortland State, currently ranked No. 1 among NCAA DIII schools, will also race. Other strong teams include two Mid-Atlantic region squads: host Penn St. (Mid-Atlantic No. 5) and La Salle (Mid-Atlantic No. 6). These teams, however, will all have to contend with Georgetown, currently ranked No. 8 in the national NCAA poll.
At this meet last year, La Salle won the men's team title with a score of 62, while Oklahoma came in second with 89. The top individual finisher over the 5.2-mile course was Marcharia Yuof, who competed unattached.
Report by Bevin Peters '09, Yale Sports Publicity