March 3, 2012

Gamble, Kayali Advance to Finals at ECACs

Raymond Seventh in 5,000-Meter Run

BOSTON - 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.

Senior Lindsey Raymond made sure that the team wouldn't leave Boston empty-handed in terms of points; she placed seventh in the 5,000-meter run, which should qualify her for a scoring position. Her time of 16:52.81 is a season best both for Raymond and for the Bulldogs. She was barely edged by Jennifer Klugh of Liberty, who placed sixth in 16:52.14. Katie Kellner, who helped lead Cornell to the cross country Ivy League Heptagonal Championship in October, was second in 16:25.57.

In the 800-meter run, junior Annelies Gamble won her heat to advance to the final. Although several athletes had faster times than Gamble, she was one of four automatic qualifiers, followed by five at-large berths. She will be joined in the final by Greta Feldman of Princeton, who also won a heat in 2:08.89. Gamble's season-best is 2:10.98.

Junior Nihal Kayali also advanced to the final of the one mile run with the tenth-fastest time on the day. Kayali, who finished in 4:55.68, was able to advance based on her finish in her heat. The final will be Ivy-heavy, with Alexis Mikaelian of Princeton (4:54.98), Jeanne Mack of Harvard (4:55.04) and Genna Hartung of Cornell (4:53.44) also advancing. Kayali is the defending champion in the event.

Additionally, four Bulldogs competed in the 4x400-meter relay. A team comprising freshman Emily Cable, senior Alexa Monti, junior Jenna Poggi and junior Allison Rue combined to finish in 3:51.65, the team's best time of the season.

Competition will resume tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. when sophomore Emily Urciuoli competes in the pole vault. Track events will kick off with the distance medley relay at 1:00 p.m.. Kayali will compete in her final of the one mile run at 1:40 p.m. and Gamble will compete in the 800-meter run at 2:10 p.m. Sophomore Liana Epstein, freshman Kira Garry and junior Elizabeth Marvin will compete in the 3,000-meter run at 2:40 p.m. Results will be available at www.coolrunning.com and www.yalebulldogs.com at the end of the day's events.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity