2011-12 Yale Women's Track and Field News

July 25, 2012
Yale Individuals and Team Named USTFCCCA All-Academic
Several members of the Yale women's track and field team were named to the national All-Academic team by the USTFCCCA. Eligible athletes are those who have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and qualify on the track in either the indoor or the outdoor season. For the indoor qualification, athletes must have finished the season ranked nationally in the top 96 of an individual event or of the top 48 of a relay event. Outdoors, an athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Championship meets, including regional preliminaries. In total, 676 student-athletes from 171 institutions were named to the team.

June 29, 2012
Kate Grace '11 Advances to 1,500-Meter Run Semis at Olympic Trials
Yale's Kate Grace '11 has advanced to the semifinals in the 1,500-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials thanks to her performance in Thursday night's heats. Grace's time of 4:17.65 placed her seventh in her heat. The top six finishers in each of the three heats advanced to the semifinals automatically; then, the runners with the next six best times from all heats advanced. Grace was the 24th and final qualifier for the semis, which take place on Friday at 3:45 p.m. Pacific (6:45 p.m. Eastern). The finals (12 athletes) are Sunday, July 1 at 4:23 p.m. Pacific time (7:23 p.m. Eastern). All events are at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.

June 29, 2012
Kate Grace ’11 Concludes Competition at Olympic Trials
Yale's Kate Grace '11 finished 20th in the semifinals of the 1,500-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Friday afternoon at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field. Her time of 4:12.92 left her slightly more than two seconds away from one of the 12 spots in Sunday’s finals. Grace’s run at the Trials thus comes to an end, as earlier in the meet she placed 20th in the heats of the 800-meter run with a 2:04.28 -- missing out on the semifinals in that event by less than a second.

June 22, 2012
Kate Grace '11 Finishes 20th in First Round of 800 Competition at Olympic Trials
Yale's Kate Grace '11 finished 20th in the first round of competition in the 800-meter run Friday night at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field. Grace's time of 2:04.28 left her less than a second away from advancing to Saturday's semifinals. The top three in each of the four heats advanced, along with the next four best times.

June 21, 2012
Kate Grace ’11 to Compete at U.S. Olympic Team Trials
Kate Grace ’11, Yale’s record-setting track star, will compete for a spot in the upcoming Olympics at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials starting this week in Eugene, Ore., at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. The first round of competition (32 athletes) in Grace’s signature event, the 800-meter run, takes place at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time (8:00 p.m. Eastern) on Friday. She will also compete in the 1,500 meter run, with the qualifying round in that event (30 athletes) scheduled for 3:50 p.m. Pacific time (6:50 p.m. Eastern) on Thursday, June 28.

June 20, 2012
Spring Academic All-Ivy Announced
The Ivy League has released its list of student-athletes selected for 2011-12 Academic All-Ivy honors in its spring sports, and 10 Yale student athletes were recognized. The 10 men and women were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point averages. Each Ivy institution nominated five men and women from its eligible student-athletes.

June 15, 2012
Garry Finishes Fifth in Steeplechase at U.S. Junior Nationals
Rising sophomore Kira Garry (Montauk, N.Y.) was back on the track Friday night, less than two weeks after setting the school record in the steeplechase. Garry competed in the U.S. Junior National Championships at Indiana University, finishing fifth with a time of 10:57.39.

June 6, 2012
Garry Sets School Mark in Steeplechase, Preps for U.S. Junior Nationals
Fresh off setting a school record in the steeplechase, rising sophomore Kira Garry (Montauk, N.Y.) will compete in the U.S. Junior National Championships on June 15 at Indiana University looking to earn a spot representing her country at the World Junior Championships in July.

May 26, 2012
Chapman Competes at NCAA Regionals
The final race of the Bulldogs' track and field season occurred on Saturday night, when sophomore Melissa Chapman competed in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA East Regional at the University of North Florida. Chapman finished in 22nd place of 44 runners. Her time of 16:43.86 was good for 11th place in her heat. Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino, an All-American in the event at the 2011 NCAA Championships, won the heat in 16:15.35. D'Agostino has run the second-fastest time in the country this season.

May 25, 2012
Garry Races in the 3,000-Meter Steeplechase
On the second day of competition in the NCAA East Regional, hosted by the University of North Florida, freshman Kira Garry represented the Yale women's track and field team in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

May 24, 2012
Bulldogs Compete at NCAA Regionals
Three members of the Yale women's track and field team concluded their seasons at the NCAA Regionals on Thursday. The Bulldogs posted 24th, 25th and 31st place finishes to close out their seasons.

May 21, 2012
Five Bulldogs Qualify for NCAA Regionals
Five members of the Yale women’s track and field team will travel to Jacksonville, Fla., from May 24-26 to compete in the NCAA East Regional meet. The Bulldogs are vying for the chance to move on to compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championship from June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.

May 14, 2012
Three Bulldogs Earn All-East Distinction
Three Yale middle distance runners were awarded All-East accolades for their standout performances at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association (ECAC) Championships this weekend at Princeton. Juniors Nihal Kayali and Elizabeth Marvin and senior Lindsey Raymond scored a total of nine points for the Bulldogs, leading Yale to a 31st-place finish.

May 13, 2012
Three Score for Yale at ECACs
The Bulldogs picked up nine points on the final day of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships thanks to an outstanding showing by its distance runners. Yale finished 31st overall on the merit of those nine points.

May 12, 2012
Pair of Bulldogs Compete at ECACs
The Bulldogs opened competition on Friday at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships. Only two Yale athletes competed on the meet’s first day, with the rest to come tomorrow.

May 12, 2012
2 Bulldogs Qualify in 1500
The Bulldogs continued competition today at the Intercollegiate Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships at Princeton, receiving several impressive results from its middle distance runners and sprinters.

May 9, 2012
Rue Voted Captain of Women’s Track and Field
Junior Allison Rue was chosen by her teammates for the office of captain of the Yale women’s track and field team for the 2012-2013 season. Rue is among the Bulldogs’ most versatile athletes, competing at every distance from the 200-meter dash to the 800-meter run, though she has tended to specialize in the 400-meter dash this year.

May 8, 2012
Women's Track Holds Annual Banquet, Announces Awardees
The Yale women's track and field team held its annual end-of-season banquet tonight. Although the season has not yet concluded for a small group of the team, which will compete from Friday through Sunday at the ECAC Championship, many athletes have wrapped up their 2011-2012 competition. The team presented three Bulldogs with awards.

May 8, 2012
Track Team to Take on ECACs
The Yale women’s track and field team will send athletes who have qualified to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship meet in Princeton, N.J. from May 11-13. The meet will feature elite competition from across the region, and serves as a last chance meet for athletes hoping to advance to the NCAA Regional Qualifier later this month.

May 6, 2012
Yale Distance Runners Shine at Heps
The Yale women's track and field team wrapped up competition at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Saturday, coming away with 22 points to finish eighth. The team's distance runners stole the show, with three top-five finishes on the day. Cornell took all the drama out of the team title, finishing first with 158 points to second-place Princeton's 134.

May 5, 2012
Two Score on First Day of Heps
On the first day of competition at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, the Yale women's track and field team garnered six points to sit in sixth place overall. The Bulldogs are tied with host Penn in sixth place and Dartmough has four points in eighth place. The team title is hotly contested after day one, with Cornell (39 points) barely edging Brown (38 points) so far. Only six events have been scored, since most of the day consisted of preliminary heats, with finals taking place tomorrow. Two Bulldogs scored points for the team competition, and one more advanced to tomorrow's finals.

May 2, 2012
Bulldogs to Compete at Heps This Weekend
After many of the Yale women’s track and field team’s top athletes competed at the Penn Relays and the Yale Springtime Invitational last weekend, reaching a number of season and personal bests, they will return to Philadelphia this Saturday and Sunday to compete in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. The Bulldogs will try to redeem an eighth-place finish at the 2011 Heps, a feat that looks increasingly possible given the team’s renewed depth.

April 29, 2012
Bulldogs Conclude Regular Season with Springtime Invitational
As part of the regular season finale, the Yale women’s track and field team hosted the Yale Springtime Invitational on Sunday as a last tune-up before the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on May 5-6. The Bulldogs competed against a number of regional teams and turned in several personal and season bests to close out a weekend that also included competition at the Penn Relays.

April 26, 2012
Three Top-10 Finishes at Penn Relays
The Yale women’s track and field team participated in the historic Penn Relays on Friday, turning in three top-10 finishes across five events. Sophomore Emily Urciuoli started off the day for the Bulldogs, competing in the college women’s pole vault championship. She finished in a three-way tie for 16th at a height of 3.5m (11’5.75”), along with Bianca Reo of Princeton and Jillian Hart of host Penn. The field was 23 athletes deep.

April 25, 2012
Storied Penn Relays on Tap This Weekend
Members of the Yale women’s track and field team will venture to Philadelphia this week to compete in the 2012 Penn Relays. The relay carnival will showcase college talent from across the country, and will also include field events, as well as professional and high school heats. Yale will send 14 representatives to wear the Bulldog jersey on Thursday and Friday. Additionally, Yale will host the Springtime Invitational at the Cuyler Athletic Complex and Dwyer Track on Sunday.

April 22, 2012
Plethora of PRs on Second Day of Larry Ellis
After a strong first day at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational, the Bulldogs showed their depth during Saturday's competition. Several athletes had personal records in their events and both relay teams ran their fastest times of the season.

April 20, 2012
Kayali Seventh with a Season Best in 1,500-Meter Run
On the first day of track races in the Larry Ellis Invitational, several Bulldogs competed in the elite races of distance events, which had more stringent qualifying standards. The Bulldogs raced among the best in the nation, including non-collegiate, unattached athletes.

April 18, 2012
Track and Field to Travel to Larry Ellis Invitational
The Yale women’s track and field team returns to New Jersey this Friday and Saturday to compete in the Larry Ellis Invitational, hosted by Princeton. The Bulldogs competed at Princeton’s Sam Howell Invitational earlier this month. More than 30 teams will compete over the course of the weekend, including schools from as far as New Hampshire, Rhode Island and West Virginia. Additionally, each Ivy League school will send a squad, giving Yale a chance to preview where it might place during Heps next month.

April 14, 2012
Cantabs Edge Bulldogs in Closest HY Meet in Several Seasons
The Yale women's track team put up a valiant fight against Harvard on Saturday and compiled 73 points, a greater total than in many recent seasons. The effort was almost enough to topple the Crimson, but Harvard escaped with a 89-73 win in Boston. The Bulldogs won seven events, claimed second in ten and swept one event on the day. The 2012 HY contest was the closest since Yale last beat Harvard in 2007.

April 12, 2012
Track Team to Take on Harvard
The Yale women’s track and field team will lace up their shoes to toe the line against Harvard in Boston this weekend. The special rivalry between the two schools makes this meet one of the more anticipated of the season for many on the team, and the Bulldogs plan to bring their A-game on Saturday.

April 7, 2012
Bulldogs Compete at Sam Howell Friday Night Races
The first cadre of Bulldogs competed in the Friday Night Races at the Sam Howell Invitational on Friday. Two Bulldogs placed in the top 10 of their field events, while two runners placed in the top 15. The Sam Howell Invitational continues on Saturday, when much of the rest of the team will compete.

April 7, 2012
4x100 Takes Second at Sam Howell
The Yale women's track and field team closed out the Sam Howell Invitational on a high note on Saturday, as the Bulldogs turned in many personal and season bests across the board. The team took on top-notch competition, including several professional club track teams and much of the Ivy League, which pushed it to new heights.

April 5, 2012
Women’s Track to Compete at Sam Howell Invite
The Yale women’s track and field team will voyage to Princeton to participate in one of the largest meets of the season, the Sam Howell Invitational. So far, more than 950 athletes from more than 40 schools are registered to participate over the course of the weekend. The Bulldogs will bring a full team contingent to participate in almost 20 events across two days.

March 31, 2012
Gamble and Kayali Post Strong Showings in 800-Meter Run
After dominating in the 1,500-meter run on Friday in the Raleigh Relays, juniors Annelies Gamble and Nihal Kayali came back to run impressive times in the 800-meter run on Saturday. Gamble claimed eighth of 25 athletes, finishing in 2:09.93, while Kayali posted a time of 2:11.50, a collegiate best, to finish in 12th place.

March 31, 2012
Bulldogs Claim Five Wins at UConn Spring Invite
The Yale women's track and field team competed in the UConn Spring Invitational on Saturday, and came home with five victories across a wide range of events, including one field event, one sprint event, two distance events and one relay. The meet was unscored and gave the Bulldogs a chance to gauge their training this far in the season.

March 30, 2012
Five Top-15 Finishes at Raleigh Relays
Five members of the Yale women's track and field team competed in the Raleigh Relays, hosted by North Carolina State University, on Friday, and each placed in the top 15 of her event. Two Bulldogs competed in the 1,500-meter run and three more competed in the 10,000-meter run.

March 27, 2012
Track and Field to Compete in Connecticut and North Carolina This Weekend
After a trip to California kicked off the outdoor track season over spring break, the Yale women’s track and field team will compete outdoors back east for the first time in 2012 on Mar. 31. The Bulldogs will compete against regional teams such as Brown, Hartford, Rhode Island, Southern Connecticut and the host Huskies in the UConn Spring Invite. Additionally, five members of the team will travel to Raleigh, N.C. to compete in the national Raleigh Relays, sponsered by Adidas, from Mar. 30-31. The meet will be unscored, giving the team a chance to see how its training is progressing without worrying about a team score.

March 17, 2012
Yale Competes in Northridge Invitational
Five members of the Yale women's track and field team competed at the Calfornia State Univeresity at Northridge on Saturday. A Bulldog 4x100-meter relay team placed second of five teams that finished the race, and was second only to an unattached team of professional runners. Additionally, junior Antonia Renker competed in the hammer throw.

March 15, 2012
Bulldogs Head West to Start the Outdoor Season
The Yale women’s track and field team traveled to California for a training trip over spring break this year, and they will wrap up the week’s workouts by competing in the Northridge Invitational, hosted by the California State University at Northridge. The meet will draw competitors from all over the country, especially those from Northern states where warm temperatures are harder to come by, including Alaska and Idaho.

March 4, 2012
Marvin a Team-High Second at ECACs
The Yale women's track and field team traveled to the ECAC Championship meet looking for a little redemption after placing eighth at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Feb. 25-26, and redemption is what they achieved. The Bulldogs compiled 20 points to finish in 14th place out of 50 teams and bested three other Ivy schools, including Heps champion Columbia. Cornell beat out University of Maryland Eastern Shore for the ECAC title by one point, finishing with 55 points to UMES' 54. Princeton was a distant third with 44 points and 2011 champion Connecticut was fourth with 36 points.

March 4, 2012
Four Bulldogs Earn All-East Honors
Four members of the Yale women's track and field team were selected to the All-East team after their performances at the 2012 ECAC Championship meet on Mar. 3-4. Athletes who placed in the top eight of their event were honored.

March 3, 2012
Gamble, Kayali Advance to Finals at ECACs
Two members of the Yale women's track and field team ran fast enough to advance to the finals of their events on the first day of the ECAC Championships. Seven Bulldogs competed in all, with more scheduled to perform tomorrow. No official scores were reported at the conclusion of the day's events.

February 28, 2012
Select Bulldogs to Compete at ECACs
The Yale women’s track and field team will take a select contingent to Boston this weekend to compete in the ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center. After a slightly disappointing eighth-place finish at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships last weekend, the Bulldogs are looking to rebound, focus on running their best times and head into the outdoor season with their heads high.

February 26, 2012
Gamble Leads Yale on Last Day of Heps
On the final day of Heps competition, two more Bulldogs added to Yale’s point total. The team finished with 12 points overall in eighth place. Columbia took home the women’s title for the first time in program history; the Lions compiled 124 points. Though Princeton was favored to repeat its 2011 title, the Tigers placed sixth with 56 points. Host Cornell was second with 103 points.

February 25, 2012
Three Advance on Day One of Heps Competition
After the first day of competition at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, the Yale women’s track and field team sits in seventh place with four points. Columbia currently leads the pack with 34 points, but most of the deciding races and finals will be held tomorrow. Fifteen Bulldogs competed today, and three advanced in their events to compete in tomorrow’s finals.

February 23, 2012
Heps Loom This Weekend
The Yale women’s track and field team will travel to Cornell this Saturday and Sunday to compete in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. This weekend’s meet represents the culmination of the season for many Bulldogs, as only those who qualify to compete in the ECAC or NCAA championships can extend their season. The team has prepared all season long for this weekend’s events, and has proved that it is ready after posting season-best performances in the last few meets.

February 11, 2012
Bulldogs Third at HYP
The Yale women’s track and field team finished third in the annual match-up with Harvard and Princeton on Saturday. Despite several strong efforts, the Bulldogs could not overcome the sheer numbers of the Crimson and the Tigers. Yale compiled 13 points, while Princeton finished in first with 80 points, followed by Harvard with 60 points.

February 8, 2012
Bulldogs Gear Up for HYP Rivalry
The Yale women’s track and field team will take on the squads of Harvard and Princeton on Saturday, as is customary for the last dual meet before the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. The HYP meet is always highly anticipated by members of the team, as it represents such a rich tradition.

February 6, 2012
Track & Field Teams Host Youth Clinic
The Yale track & field teams held the first of what will hopefully become regular free track & field clinics this past Wednesday at Coxe Cage. The inaugural clinic drew 36 local children, ranging from 6th to 8th grade, who joined the members of the men’s and women’s teams for the event.

February 4, 2012
Four Wins for Bulldogs at Giegengack Invite
The Giegengack Invitational concluded on Saturday at New Haven’s Coxe Cage and two Bulldogs came away with wins in their individual events. These strong performances at an unscored meet are a clear indicator of the team’s preparation so far and will carry them into the HYP tri-meet next weekend as well as the start of the championship season with the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Feb. 25-26.

February 3, 2012
Cable, Snajder Lead the Way on Day One of Giegengack
When the first day of competition at the Giegengack Invitational wrapped up on Friday, several Bulldogs had performances to be proud of. Though the meet was unscored, it offered a chance for a tune-up just before the season gets into the headier HYP and Heps meets, both later this month. Two Yale athletes paced the team with second-place performances and season-bests on Friday.

February 2, 2012
Annual Giegengack Invite At Coxe Cage This Weekend
The Yale women’s track and field team is preparing to host its annual Giegengack Invitational, named for former head coach Bob Giegengack, at Coxe Cage this weekend. The 8th Annual Giegengack Invitational will be another large meet to complement last weekend’s Terrier Invite at Boston University. It will serve as a last tune-up before the team jumps head-first into the Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet and the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.

January 27, 2012
Strong Showing at Terrier Invitational
After the women’s events wrapped up on Friday at the Terrier Invitational, the Yale women’s track and field team came away with several much-improved performances. Though the meet was unscored, such a large competition allows the team, especially its rookies, to get seasoned for the larger championship meets that will occur later in the season.

January 25, 2012
Bulldogs to Take on Terrier Invitational
This Friday, the Yale women’s track and field team will compete in its largest meet of the season so far. The Bulldogs will travel up to Boston to take to the track in the Terrier Invitational, hosted by Boston University. Beantown’s annual meet will play host to more than 20 teams, with the women competing on Friday and the men on Saturday.

January 21, 2012
Bulldogs Third at Dartmouth With Eight Second-Place Finishes
The Bulldogs kicked off their official league schedule on Saturday in a tri-meet against Dartmouth and Columbia. By the end of the day, the team had claimed second place in eight events, equally distributed among the field, sprint and long distance events. Yale compiled 41 points to finish in third.

January 19, 2012
Bulldogs Take on Big Green, Lions Up North
In the first meet against other Ivy schools, the Bulldog women’s track and field team will travel to Hanover, N.H., on Saturday to compete against Dartmouth and Columbia. The team is coming off of strong preliminary performances in the Yale Season Opener on Dec. 3 and the Yale Collegiate Invitational on Jan. 14.

January 14, 2012
Four First-Place Finishes at Yale Invitational
In the first meet of 2012, the Yale women’s track and field team took home four first-place finishes and a plethora of other top results. The Bulldogs hosted over 15 teams at Coxe Cage in an unscored meet as a chance to stretch their legs after the winter break and get back into a competitive spirit.

January 13, 2012
Track and Field to Host Yale Invitational
The Yale women’s track and field team, coming off a strong start to the season back on Dec. 3, will take to the track for the first time in 2012 when they host the Yale Invitational at Coxe Cage on Saturday. Though the meet is unscored, it will allow the Bulldogs to see how their training has progressed since December, and helps them prepare for upcoming scored meets later in the season.

December 3, 2011
Yale Season Opener Gives Taste of What's to Come
Coxe Cage was alive with Yale track and field action for the first time in months on Saturday as the Bulldogs hosted their season-opening meet. The unscored competition gave the team a chance to see how its preparations are coming before diving into the dual meet season and beyond in 2012. This year’s freshmen made their collegiate debuts at the meet, and were the highest-placing athletes from Yale in several events.

December 1, 2011
Track & Field Kicks Off 2011-2012 Season
The Yale women’s track and field squad will begin its season this Saturday when it hosts the annual Yale Season Opener, an un-scored competition that will allow athletes to see how their training has progressed so far this fall. The track and field season, with meets from December until May, is one of the longest of any team here at Yale, so mental toughness is just as important as physical strength. Cross country runners, who wrapped their season on Nov. 12 at the NCAA Regional meet, will take a break before diving into competition with the rest of their squad in January. The team lost seven seniors to graduation last spring. Two competed in the distance races, four in field events, and one in the middle distance. This year’s seven freshmen will try to fill their shoes.

August 29, 2011
Paul Harkins Joins Yale Staff as Men’s Cross Country, Middle Distance and Distance Coach
Paul Harkins, who has spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach at New Mexico State, has been named men’s cross country, middle distance and distance coach at Yale. David Shoehalter, Yale's Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, made the announcement Monday.

August 4, 2011
Amy Gosztyla Joins Staff as Women’s Cross Country, Middle Distance and Distance Coach
Amy Gosztyla, who spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Harvard, has joined the Yale staff as women’s cross country, middle distance and distance coach. David Shoehalter, Yale’s Mark T. Young ’68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, made the announcement Thursday.