Finishes 17th Overall
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - On the second day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships, Yale sophomore Kate Grace competed against the best collegiate athletes in the country in the semifinals of the 800-meter run. Grace qualified for the semifinals by placing 16th out of the field of 27 in the preliminary round on Wednesday with an outdoor personal record of 2:05.82. Grace finished eighth in the semifinal heat, earning her 17th place overall.
Grace ran her first 400 meters in 59.9 seconds, and her second in 1:08.61. She did not match her record of the preliminary round (when her splits were 1:01.77 and 1:04.05), but she ran a strong race for the second day in a row - a tough feat.
The rest of the field was much faster in the semifinals than it was in the preliminary heats, with most of the women running under 2:04. The fastest athletes (still Tennessee junior Phoebe Wright and last year's champion Michigan senior Geena Gall) ran under 2:03.
While Grace did not qualify for the finals this year, she'll have good opportunities in the next two years to return to the NCAAs. The 2009 season is finally over for this talented sophomore, and she will have the summer to train before returning in the fall to prepare for the 2010 track season.
Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity