4x800-Meter Relay Team Runs Fastest Time Since 1986

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Kate Grace. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Team Takes Eighth at Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA- On 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.  

Sophomore Annelies Gamble ran the lead-off leg, turning in a split of 2:09.84. This time almost matches her season-best of 2:09.45, which she achieved on Thursday as a member of the distance medley relay team. She handed off to freshman Sarah Barry, who completed her laps in 2:12.36. Barry's time is also a season-best in the distance. Next was All-American senior Kate Grace, whose 2:07.47 split was among the fastest of the race. Finally, junior Gabriella Kelly anchored the team in 2:15.71.

Their time is second on the all-time record list, and is the fastest run by a Yale team in 25 years. It is also one of only four times under 8:50 in school history. The current school record has stood at 8:39.10 since 1986.

In all, the Bulldogs posted the eighth-fastest time of the 40 schools competing in the 4x800-meter relay today. Of the Ivy League, they were bested only by Cornell, which finished sixth in 8:37.17. Yale beat teams from Dartmouth (9th- 8:46.23), Princeton (13th- 8:53.68), and Harvard (14th- 8:56.39) in the college Championship of America race. In the collegiate heats, Penn was the only team of the Ancient Eight to compete, finishing third in their race in 8:53.21. These performances certainly bode well for the Bulldogs as they look ahead to the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship (Heps) next weekend.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity