NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Members of the track and field team will return to Princeton, N.J. for the second weekend in a row for ECAC Championships. Athletes from the 90 NCAA Division-I member schools who have met the qualifying standards will compete in the three-day meet, which will take place Fri.-Sun., May 14-16. The ECAC hosts the women's track and field championship for eastern schools concomitantly with the men's IC4A Championships at Princeton. This year five individuals and three relay teams have qualified to compete.
Junior Kate Grace qualified for the 800-meter run with her times this season; her best has been 2:07.03, which should also qualifiy her for NCAA Regionals. Grace was named first-team All-Ivy this past weekend after winning the 800-meter run at the Heptagonal Championships. Last year Grace won the 800-meter run at ECACs, earning her All-East honors.
Senior Claudia Duncan qualified for the 400-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Duncan set a new school record in the 400-meter dash this past weekend at Heptagonal Championships, with a time of 54.54. In the 200 her best time is 24.76. Duncan is also a key contributor to Yale's three relay teams.
Sophomore Anne Lovelace qualified for the 3,000-meter steeplechase with her time of 10:38.21. At Heptagonals Lovelace finished sixth in 10:40.16. Last year Lovelace qualified for ECACs but did not compete.
Senior Alexandra Cadicamo qualified for ECACs in both the 5,000-meter and 3,000-meter runs. In the 5,000-meter her best time has been 16:56.26, and in the 3,000 it is 9:52.73. Cadicamo finished seventh in the 5,000-meter run at Heptagonals this year. During the indoor season, Cadicamo ran a great race at ECACs to finish third in the 3,000-meter run.
Freshman Elizabeth Marvin also qualified in the 3,000-meter run, with a time of 9:50.78. Marvin finished in eighth place in the event at Heps this weekend, but competing in ECACs for the first time should be exciting for her.
Yale's 4x400-meter relay team is coming off an exciting school record- setting performance at Heps. The team of Duncan, freshman Allison Rue, senior captain Faith Briggs and Grace finished in 3:43.02, over two seconds faster than the previous record.
The 4x100-meter relay team has also been doing well. Freshman Adele Jackson-Gibson, Duncan, sophomore Emily Shulan, and Briggs finished in 47.22, one of the top-ten fastest times run by a Bulldog team.
The steeplechase will take place on Friday evening, while trials for all of the other events will be held on Saturday, with the top eight runners advancing to Sunday's finals. A complete schedule of events can be found here. Results will be posted at LancerTiming.com.
Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity