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Gamble, Kayali and Marvin Earn All-Academic Honors from USTFCCCA

Elizabeth Marvin and Nihal Kayali. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Elizabeth Marvin and Nihal Kayali. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three sophomores on the Yale women's track and field team -- Annelies Gamble, Nihal Kayali and Elizabeth Marvin -- have been named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Track & Field team for their work in the classroom in 2010-11. The USTFCCCA made the announcement Thursday.

Gamble, a native of Woodbridge, Conn., who attended Amity High School, was part of a school-record performance in the distance medley relay at Penn Relays (11:12.08). She was also part of two 4x800-meter relay teams that posted the second-fastest times in school history: 8:44.54 indoors and 8:45.38 at Penn Relays. Her PRs in the 800-meter run (2:08.91 outdoors and 2:10.45 indoors) place her on Yale's top 10 lists in both categories. She competed at ECACS both indoors (800 and 4x800) and outdoors (4x800).

Kayali, a native of La Jolla, Calif., who attended La Jolla High School, was All-East in both indoor and outdoor track and field. She won the mile at indoor ECACs (4:47.68) and was second in the 1,500-meter run at outdoor ECACs with a time of 4:21.98, making her the second-fastest athlete in that event in school history. She was named second team All-Ivy League after placing second in the 3,000-meter run at outdoor Heps (9:51.13). She has top-10 school times in the mile, 1,500-meter run and 1,000-meter run.

Marvin, a native of Rhinebeck, N.Y., who attended Rhinebeck High School, was consistently the top finisher for the Bulldogs' cross country squad, including the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet, the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships and the NCAA Regional. She was fifth in the 3,000-meter run at indoor Heps with a PR of 9:38.18. In outdoor track, she participated in the NCAA Regional in the 5,000-meter run, an event she placed sixth in at ECACs (16:37.04). That earned her All-East recognition.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

Those institutions given All-Academic Team status will be named on Wednesday, Aug. 10 (men) and Thursday, Aug. 11 (women).

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity