Jennifer Downing
Jennifer Downing
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Stow, Mass.
High School: Phillips Academy
Position: Distance

Collegiate Bests

1 mile 5:17.85

1500m 4:46.13

3000m 9:59.96

5000m 17:05.04

5k (xc) 18:18

High School Best
5K (XC) 18:52

2011-2012: In indoor track, placed third in the 5,000-meter run at the Giegengack Invitational…Also competed in the 3,000-meter run at the BU Terrier Invitational…In outdoor track, competed in the 1,500-meter run at the UCONN Invitational…Placed seventh in the 3,000-meter run at HY, finishing in 10:21.61.

2010-2011: In outdoor track, competed in the 5000m at ECACs, finishing 17th in a collegiate-best 17:05.04...12th in the 5000m at Heps...First in the 3000m at the Yale Springtime Invitational...In indoor track, competed in the distance medley relay at the Yale Collegiate Invitational...In cross country, third team finisher in the Dartmouth Invitational... Second team finisher at HYP... First Bulldog at New Englands (25th overall).

2009-2010: In cross country, fifth Bulldog and 15th overall in the Fairfield Invitational...12th at outdoor Heps in the 3,000-meter run with a season best of 10:07.83... Season best of 4:46.13 in the 1500m at the Yale Springtime Invitational.

2008-2009: Injured for much of the season.

High School: Captain of the Andover cross country team...Member of the teams which were NEPSTA Division I Champions in 2005, 2006 and 2007...Placed third individually at Nike Team Regionals in 2007, helping Andover to a fourth-place team finish...Personal best of 18:52 in the 5K...Also captained the Andover lacrosse team...Was awarded the "Hallowell Cup" for sportsmanship, performance and team spirit.

Personal: Silliman College… Ethics, Politics and Economics major.

Yale was one of several schools where I knew I would receive an excellent education in economics, political science, foreign language, etc. and have access to endless opportunities both domestic and abroad. Thus, the deciding factors were the outgoing, welcoming and interesting students I met while visiting--everyone I met seemed enthusiastic about Yale, and these perceptions have been consistent in my time here.