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Yale Distance Runners Shine at Heps

Adele Jackson-Gibson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Adele Jackson-Gibson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Philadelphia - 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. 

Yale had a pair of third-place results on Saturday. Junior Nihal Kayali placed third in the 3,000-meter run in a personal best of 9:34.85. Her previous best in the event was 9:41.14. Sophomore Melissa Chapman was third in the 5,000-meter run in 16:22.89, just three seconds behind second-place Katie Kellner of Cornell. Chapman finished the same race in 17:41.86 at the 2011 Heps, indicating the strides she has made over the last year.

Freshman Kira Garry also scored for Yale by placing fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She finished in 10:28.63, just 0.60 seconds behind Mallory Anderson of Columbia. Garry's time on Saturday is a personal record by eight seconds.

Additionally, the 4x100-meter relay team collected points by placing fifth. Yale's team of junior Adele Jackson-Gibson, freshman Emily Cable, senior Emily Shulan and senior Alexa Monti combined to finish in 47.44.

Team members who have qualified will compete in the ECAC Outdoor Championships May 12-13.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity