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Women's Track Holds Annual Banquet, Announces Awardees

Alexa Monti.
Alexa Monti.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's track and field team held its annual end-of-season banquet on Tuesday night. 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.

The Stroube Family Award is given to an outstanding member of the team who excels in sportsmanship, courage and inspiration. This year's Stroube Family Award winner is junior Allison Rue. Rue competes in a myriad of distances from the 200-meter dash to the 800-meter run, although her focus has been on the 400-meter run. She achieved a personal best of 56.13 in the event at the Harvard-Yale dual meet in April. She also ran a personal best of 25.97 in the 200-meter dash at the Yale Springtime Invitational, as well as 2:11.43 in the 800-meter run, another personal best, at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational. In addition, Rue is a valuable contributor to the Yale 4x400-meter relay team.

The Lee Calhoun Award is presented to a member of the team who demonstrates excellence in sprinting or hurdling. Senior Alexa Monti was chosen for the honor this year. Monti competes in the shorter sprint events, namely the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash in addition to the 4x100-meter relay and the 4x400-meter relay. She ran two personal bests at the Harvard-Yale meet this season, 12.25 in the 100-meter dash and 25.40 in the 200-meter dash.

Finally, the James Stack Award was presented to junior Nihal Kayali. It is given annually to the athlete who best personifies Jim Stack, captain of the 1961 men's track and field team. Stack's leadership propelled the Bulldogs to a "big three" title that year: wins in the Harvard-Yale meet, the Heptagonal Championship, and the IC4A Championship. Kayali has been a consistent contributor for the Bulldogs in the middle distance events. Her accomplishments this season include personal bests in the 800-meter run (2:11.50) and the 3,000-meter run (9:34.85) and a first-place finish in the 1,500-meter run at Harvard-Yale. Additionally, Kayali has qualified to compete in the 1,500-meter run and the 3,000-meter run at the ECAC Championship meet.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity