March 1, 2011

Kate Grace Named First-Team All-Ivy

Three-Time Champion in the 800-Meter Run

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior All-American Kate Grace earned first-team All-Ivy accolades this weekend after winning the 800-meter run at the 2011 Ivy League Championships. This is the third straight year that she has received this honor, after winning the event in both 2009 and 2010. Including the outdoor 800-meter run, Grace now has five consecutive Ivy titles.

Grace won the 800-meter run in 2:05.37, more than two seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Her time is a provisional qualifier for the NCAA National Meet, which has automatic qualification at 2:05.00, and is the nint-hfastest time nationally this season. Whether or not Grace will compete at Nationals will be determined based on how many athletes achieve the automatic time. 

Grace is only the second 800-meter runner in Ivy Championships history to win her event three years in a row. Cornell's Morgan Uceny also accomplished this feet from 2005-2007.

After her impressive performance in the 800-meter run, Grace anchored the 4x800-meter relay team with a 2:03.2 split for third place. The team, as far back as eighth place at some points in the race, combined for 8:44.54, which is the second-fastest time in school history and is the fastest relay split in 25 years.

This weekend, Grace and other Bulldog qualifers will take to the track for ECAC Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Mass.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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