Wins Qualify Women for ECACs, NCAA Regionals
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Bulldogs opened competition at the Sam Howell Invitational on Friday night with big wins in running events. Junior Kate Grace won the 1,500-meter run to set a school record and sophomore Anne Lovelace won the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The only events contested on Friday were the two Yale won, the 5,000-meter run, and the discus throw. During the evening three Yale runners qualified for ECACs, and two of them also qualified for NCAAs.
Grace won the 1,500-meter run 4:24.57, only .22 seconds ahead of the runner behind her. This is not only a personal record for Grace, but also a school record. The previous record in the 15,00 was set in 1991 by S.E. Smith (4:24.96). Her time qualifies Grace for ECACs as well as NCAA Regionals. This is an auspicious beginning to the outdoor season for Grace, who during the indoor season was All-Ivy and finished second at ECAC championships in the 800-meter run. In 2009 Grace was All-American in the event indoors and competed at the NCAA Championships.
Lovelace won the steeplechase in 10:40.94, which is a huge personal record; last year she ran 10:54.87 at her first meet of the season. The steeplechase, which consists of jumping barriers and a water jump, is only contested outdoors. Her time qualifies her for ECACs and NCAA Regionals as well. Lovelace finished nearly four seconds ahead of the next runner.
Senior Alexandra Cadicamo finished the 5,000-meter run in 16:56.26 for fifth place. Her time qualifies her for ECACs as well. Cadicamo finished an impressive third in the 3,000-meter run at ECACs in March.
Other competitors on Friday included freshman Elizabeth Marvin, who finished in 4:35.86 in the 1,500-meter run, which was a PR. Freshman Antonia Renker, junior Rachel Kuschner and freshman Natalie Wedell all competed in the discus throw. Renker finished seventh with a throw of 34.20m, Kuschner ninth at 32.86m, and Wedell, in her first meet with the team, at 30.19m.
Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity