Several Top Times in Distance Races on Friday Night
Grace Has Fastest Time of the Meet in 800-Meter Run
PRINCETON, N.J. – A 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.
Senior Kate Grace stole the show in the 800-meter run, besting the other 73 participants by at least half of a second. Most other margins were much narrower, given the size of the meet. Grace ran a season-best time of 2:05.48, while her closest competitor finished in 2:06.03. This is the fastest Grace has run all season by over four seconds, most recently completing her race in 2:09.92 at the Harvard-Yale competition last weekend. It is also the current 11th-fastest time in the nation.
In the fourth of seven heats, sophomore Annelies Gamble bested the 12 other competitors. She won by just 0.03 seconds, finishing in 2:11.27. Junior Gabriella Kelly also won the fifth heat, while freshman Sarah Barry placed right behind her and sophomore Nihal Kayali finished in fifth place. Kelly's time of 2:12.62 was just a second off of her season-best, while Barry (2:12.85) and Kayali (2:13.90) both ran season-high times. Barry's time places her in the Yale record books; it is the 10th-fastest time in school history. Grace (first), Gamble (sixth) and Kelly (eighth) are already on the list.
In the 1,500-meter run, sophomore Elizabeth Marvin and freshman Melissa Chapman placed second and fourth, respectively, in the fourth of six heats. Both were competing in the race for the first time this season; they usually run longer distances. Marvin finished just 0.22 seconds out of first in the heat, completing her race in 4:31.34. Chapman was right behind in 4:32.84, again just 0.03 seconds behind the third-place finisher. Junior Jacque Sahlberg finished sixth in the fifth heat in 4:40.66. In all, there were 69 athletes competing in the event.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity