Senior Finishes Fifth in the 800-Meter Run
DES MOINES, Iowa – Senior 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.
The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association assigns the first-team honor to all athletes who earn team points during the meet, or who reach an eight-entrant final. Athletes named to the second-team place from ninth to 16th in the final of their events. Honorable mention All-Americans are those who participated in the final of their event but did not place in the top 16 competitors.
Grace finished fifth in the nation in the 800-meter final in 2:04.22. This year marked her highest finish at an NCAA Championship; she had previously finished seventh in the same event at the 2010 outdoor championship. Grace's time of 2:03.41 to qualify for this year's championship in Des Moines, Iowa, is a school record. She almost bested that mark in the semi-finals, running 2:03.48 to enter the national final with the second-fastest seed. No other Yale athlete has ever broken 2:05 in the event.
This month's honor is her fourth time as an All-American across two events. Grace was second-team All-American at the 2011 Indoor Championship, where she finished 13th in the one mile run. She was also a first-team All-American her sophomore year, when she placed eighth in the 800-meter run indoors, and her junior year, when she was seventh in the 800-meter run outdoors.
Grace was also selected by the USTFCCCA as the Northeast Regional Division I Athlete of the Year.
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Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity