Kelly Elected 2011-2012 Captain

Gabriella Kelly. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Gabriella Kelly. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Receive Team Awards

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – At 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.

Kelly is an ECAC qualifier in the 400-meter dash this year, with a season-best of 55.92 seconds. Kelly achieved this time during the preliminary heats of the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship, where she went on to finish fifth. She was also a member of the distance medley relay team that broke the school record at the Penn Relays this year with a time of 11:12.08. The record had stood at 11:30.34 since 2008.

Kelly was also selected to receive the Lee Calhoun Award, given each year to a member of the team who demonstrates excellence in sprinting or hurdling. The award is given in memory of Lee Calhoun, who coached the Yale men's team from 1975-1980.

Senior Emily Standish was chosen for the Stroube Family Award last night, which is awarded to an outstanding member of the team who excels in sportsmanship, courage and inspiration. Standish has been the team's top high jumper since her freshman year and has also competed in the triple jump. Her season-best so far in 2011 is 1.65 meters, which won her second-place at the Yale Springtime Invitational. Standish was third in the high jump at the Harvard-Yale meet.

The final award presented at the banquet was the James Stack '61 Award. It is given annually to the athlete who best personifies Jim Stack, captain of the 1961 men's team. Stack's leadership propelled the Bulldogs to a "big three" title that year: wins in the Harvard-Yale meet, the Heptagonal Championship, and the IC4A Championship. Senior Kate Grace was honored with the award for the second time in two years. Grace currently has the 16th-fastest time in the nation in the 800-meter run, as well as the 39th-fastest time in the 1,500-meter run. She also holds two individual school records on the outdoor track in those two events, as well as two relay titles. On the indoor track, she holds the school record in the 800-meter run, the one mile run and the 4x400-meter relay.

Grace and Kelly will join their other teammates who have qualified at the ECAC Championship on May 13-15 in Princeton, N.J.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity