Bulldogs Chosen as an All-Academic TeamThe U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named its All-Academic teams this Thursday and the Bulldogs were recognized as one of 164 teams nationwide for their academic success. Squads needed at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA to qualify and Yale was well above the mark, coming in with a 3.46.
Gamble, Kayali and Marvin Earn All-Academic Honors from USTFCCCAThree sophomores on the Yale women’s track and field team -- Annelies Gamble, Nihal Kayali and Elizabeth Marvin -- have been named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Track & Field team for their work in the classroom in 2010-11. The USTFCCCA made the announcement Thursday.
Track and Field Teams Blog from Trip AbroadThe Yale men's and women's track and field teams traveled abroad for meets at Limerick and Swansea in addition to the traditional Yale-Harvard vs. Oxford-Cambridge meet. Team members blogged about their experiences on yalebulldogs.com.
Kate Grace Earns Fourth All-America HonorSenior Kate Grace was named a first-team All-American after her fifth-place performance in the national final of the 800-meter run at the NCAA Division I Championship on Friday. Grace has earned three previous All-America nods, most recently at the 2011 Indoor NCAA Division I Championship in March.
Grace Finishes Fifth in the NationSenior Kate Grace competed in her final collegiate race today, and she went out with a bang. The All-American added another national honor to her career as she placed fifth in the final of the 800-meter run at the NCAA Championship. Grace finished in 2:04.22, less than a second off of her preliminary time of 2:03.48 on June 8.
A Second Straight Trip to the National Final for GraceSenior Kate Grace advanced to the final of the 800-meter run during the first day of competition at the NCAA Division I Championship. Grace placed second in her heat in 2:03.48, which was also second-fastest of all 24 competitors in the national semi-final. She has competed in the national semi-final in each of her four seasons at Yale, and this marks her second time advancing to the final; she placed seventh last year in 2:05.92 to earn All-America honors.
Grace Selected as the Northeast Region Track Athlete of the YearSenior Kate Grace was recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association today as the Division I Northeast Region Female Track Athlete of the Year. Grace’s undefeated season in both the 800-meter run and the 1,500-meter run precipitated the honor; she will challenge to extend her streak beginning on June 8 when she competes in the NCAA National Championship in the 800-meter run.
Grace to Compete at NCAA ChampionshipThe culmination of senior Kate Grace’s track and field career at Yale will take place on the most competitive stage possible: the NCAA Championships. By virtue of her first-place finish in the 800-meter run at the NCAA First Round on May 27, she advanced to compete in the national semi-finals in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 8. The top eight athletes in those races will move on to race for the championship on June 10.
Dakota McCoy Named Academic All-DistrictRising junior Dakota McCoy (Wexford, Pa.), who competed for Yale at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships both indoors and outdoors this past season, has been named first team Capital One Academic All-District 1 in women's track & field/cross country. She was one of 10 first-team selections in the university division of District 1, which includes seven U.S. states in the Northeast plus five Canadian provinces.
Bulldogs Conclude NCAA First Round CompetitionOn the final day of the eastern NCAA First Round meet, two more Bulldogs competed in their final races of the season. Sophomores Nihal Kayali and Elizabeth Marvin competed in their signature events, the 1,500-meter run and the 5,000-meter run, respectively.
Grace Punches Ticket to NCAA Nationals with StyleAll-American senior Kate Grace qualified for the NCAA National Championship today by finishing first in her heat during the semi-finals of the 800-meter run at the First Round meet. Grace’s time of 2:03.41 is not only a school record outdoors, but it was also the fastest time of the meet by more than a second. By virtue of her place, she automatically advances to the national meet hosted by Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 8-11.
Two Advance on First Day of NCAA CompetitionThree Bulldogs competed in two events on the first day of the NCAA First Round. This meet culls the fastest athletes from the east region, where they race for the chance to compete at the NCAA National Championship next month in Des Moines, Iowa. Two Yale athletes advanced to compete in further rounds of this meet later in the weekend.
Bulldogs Start NCAA Competition ThursdayFour members of the Yale women’s track and field team will take part in NCAA First Round competition, which starts Thursday in Bloomington, Ind. Events will last from May 26-28. Athletes are competing for the chance to race at the NCAA National Championship meet on June 8-11.
Kate Grace Receives Nellie Pratt Elliot AwardKate Grace, a six-time Heptagonal champion in the 800-meter run, is the recipient of the 2011 Nellie Pratt Elliot Award, the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior female at Yale. The award was presented at the Class Day exercises on May 22.
Four Bulldogs to Compete at NCAA First RoundsThe competitors for the NCAA First Rounds were announced today, and four Bulldogs were named to the list for the East Preliminary. They will compete in three events at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., from May 26-28. The top 48 athletes from the East region were chosen to compete in each track event.
Four Bulldogs Named to the All-East TeamAfter their top-eight performances at the ECAC Outdoor Championship this weekend, four Yale Bulldogs were selected as members of the All-East Team. Freshman Melissa Chapman, All-American senior Kate Grace, sophomore Nihal Kayali and sophomore Elizabeth Marvin were named All-East.
Three More Score at ECACsThree more Bulldogs scored on the final day of the ECAC Outdoor Championship to give Yale 23 points total. The team tied with Princeton and the University of Maryland for 12th place. All-American senior Kate Grace and sophomore Nihal Kayali finished first and second, respectively, in the 1,500-meter run. Both lowered their personal bests as the number one and two athletes on the school record list. Freshman Melissa Chapman was seventh in the 3,000-meter run.
Two Advance to ECAC FinalsOn the second day of competition at the ECAC Outdoor Championship, two Bulldogs have qualified to advance to the finals. In all, six athletes competed in three individual events and one relay. Yale concluded the day with 3 points for 28th place.
Marvin Scores on Day 1 of ECACsTwo Bulldogs raced on the first day of the ECAC Outdoor Championship today. Sophomore Elizabeth Marvin and junior Jennifer Downing competed in the 5,000-meter run, and both delivered season-bests.
ECAC Championships AheadThe Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) will host its annual outdoor Championship this weekend, May 13-15, for athletes who have qualified. Several Bulldogs will travel to Princeton, N.J., to compete.
Kelly Elected 2011-2012 CaptainAt the annual team banquet, held this year on Tuesday, May 10, the Bulldogs elected their captain for the coming season. Junior Gabriella Kelly was chosen to lead the team next year and several other athletes received awards.
Two Bulldogs Named to All-Ivy TeamAfter last weekend’s Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, two Bulldogs have been selected to the All-Ivy team. All-American senior Kate Grace was named first team All-Ivy after her wins in the 800-meter run and the 1,500-meter run. Sophomore Nihal Kayali was named second team All-Ivy based on her second-place finish in the 3,000-meter run. The first and second finishers in each event were selected for the team.
Grace Wins Two on Second Day of HepsThe Bulldogs finished up their final day of competition at the 2011 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships with 46 points. All-American senior Kate Grace was the top team performer with two wins on the day, as well as one school record. She was chosen as one of the meet’s Most Outstanding Performers. Five other individuals, as well as two relay teams, scored for the Bulldogs.
Several Bulldogs Advance to FinalsThe Yale Bulldogs took to the track and field today during the first session of the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship. The day was filled with preliminary heats, to allow athletes to qualify for tomorrow’s finals. Five Bulldogs advanced in their events on the track, with several just missing.
Ivy League Will Descend on New Haven This WeekendThis weekend, the Bulldogs will host the rest of the Ancient Eight at Cuyler Athletic Complex and Dwyer Track for the Ivy League Heptagonal Track and Field Championships. Heps will be the final meet for many Bulldogs, as only those that qualify for ECACs or NCAA Nationals can advance. This meet is also the most competitively charged all season, as the Ivy League rivalry is played out on the field and track.
Many Season-Bests at Springtime InvitationalSpring was in the air at Cuyler Field and Dwyer Track as the Bulldogs hosted their last meet of the regular season. Championships begin next weekend when Yale hosts the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship (Heps). Many Bulldogs posted eleventh-hour times and distances to improve their season bests before the competition heats up.
4x800-Meter Relay Team Runs Fastest Time Since 1986On the final day of competition at the 117th Penn Relays, four Bulldogs competed in the 4x800-meter relay. The team combined for the fastest time that a Yale foursome has raced in 25 years; their blistering mark of 8:45.38 was good for eighth of the 14 teams competing in the Championship of America heat. 26 other teams competed in the college heats.
School Record Shattered at Penn RelaysThough the weather had other things in mind, the 117th running of the Penn Relays went smoothly for the Bulldogs on Thursday. A 90-minute rain delay pushed all of the afternoon’s races back, meaning that the day’s events continued well into the night. Despite the set-back, the distance medley relay team was able to blast the school record by 18 seconds and several athletes ran season-best times.
Storied Penn Relays This WeekendThe Yale Bulldogs will compete in a duet of competitions this weekend. The first is the annual Penn Relays held from Thursday to Saturday, one of the most famous meets in the world. On Sunday, athletes who do not compete in Philadelphia will host the Yale Springtime Invitational at Cuyler Field and Dwyer Track.
Dakota McCoy Wins Goldwater ScholarshipLast month, sophomore Dakota McCoy was selected as one of 275 recipients of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, which recognizes undergraduate excellence in science, mathematics and engineering. Each scholar is awarded up to $7,500 annually to be applied towards tuition, room and board, fees and books. Sophomore recipients receive two years of funding while junior recipients receive one.
Several Top Times in Distance Races on Friday NightA handful of Yale distance runners competed in Friday night’s edition of the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton. The Friday Night Races field a more selective crop of racers who need to achieve meet standards before entering. Even so, the Bulldogs were able to win several heats and place competitively in the enormous meet.
Many Season-Bests at the Larry Ellis InvitationalThe Bulldogs finished up their second day of competition at Princeton’s Larry Ellis Invitational on Saturday afternoon. Though rain and the size of the meet lead to many scratches, several athletes were able to run season-best times, continuing the pattern of yesterday’s performances in the Friday Night Races.
Yale One of 35 Teams to Compete in Larry Ellis InvitationalThis Friday and Saturday, the Bulldogs will compete in the Larry Ellis Invitational, hosted by Princeton University. 35 teams will descend on Weaver Stadium to contest a series of Friday night distance races as well as a full complement of field and track events on Saturday. A smaller contingent of Bulldogs will compete mostly in track events this weekend.
Yale Takes on Harvard, Stormy WeatherThough the sun refused to come out on Saturday, the Bulldogs didn’t hold anything back from their annual contest against Harvard. The much smaller Yale squad ultimately finished behind its rival’s 113 points, but won five events on the day. The top two finishers in each event will travel to England this summer to compete in the bi-annual Harvard-Yale vs. Oxford-Cambridge meet.
Bulldogs Host Harvard in Annual Grudge MatchThis weekend, the Yale Bulldogs will descend on the Dewitt-Cuyler Track, their home turf, as they play host to the Harvard Crimson. The team looks forward to this meet not only as a chance to show up its rival, but also as an opportunity to vie for spots in the bi-annual Harvard-Yale vs. Oxford-Cambridge meet this summer.
Yale Competes Against Penn and PrincetonThe Bulldogs wrapped up their first tri-meet of the outdoor season today against Penn and Princeton. While Princeton ran away with 106 points and the title, Yale finished the day with 28 points to place third.
Ivy Matchup This WeekendOn Saturday, the Bulldogs will travel down to Philadelphia to take on Princeton and host school Penn in the annual tri-meet. This is the same track that several Bulldogs will compete on at the Penn Relays later this month. Yale has won two of the past seven meetings between the three schools, most recently in 2006. The small size of the meet will allow Yale to show off its depth.
Strong Showing on Second Day of Sam Howell InviteAs the Sam Howell Invitational drew to a close on Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs showed no sign of slowing down from their dominant pace of the day before. Most impressive was sophomore Nihal Kayali’s second win of the competition in the 3,000-meter run. The weather improved significantly over last night’s rain, and the Bulldogs took full advantage.
Two Wins on First Day of Sam Howell InvitationalOn the first day of the Sam Howell Invitational, the Yale Bulldogs posted impressive performances, with two wins on the day. All four athletes competing in track events placed within the top three overall, and two Bulldog throwers advanced to the final in their event.