Kayali, Marvin and Raymond Earn Points
PRINCETON, N.J. – 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. Three runners scored, and Yale finished 31st overall on the merit of their performances.
Junior Nihal Kayali and sophomore Melissa Chapman advanced to the finals of the 1500-meter run by placing fourth and 11th, respectively, in yesterday's prelims. Chapman's qualifying time of 4:28.57 was a personal record. In Sunday's race, Kayali ran a season-best time (4:23.65) and earned three points along with All-East accolades for her sixth-place result. Chapman was 11th again in 4:33.62.
Meanwhile, three Bulldogs earned spots in the finals of the 3000-meter run. Junior Elizabeth Marvin ran a season-best 9:39.80 to take fifth and pick up four points for Yale. Senior Lindsey Raymond added two more points with her seventh-place finish in a season-best 9:49.47. Freshman Kira Garry finished one spot out of the scoring, placing ninth with another season best of 9:57.17.
Chapman (5000-meter run), Garry (3000-meter steeplechase), Kayali (1500-meter run), Marvin (5000- and 10,000-meter runs) and Raymond (10,000-meter run) are all qualifiers for the NCAA East Regional meet in Jacksonville, Fla. in two weeks, along with pole vaulter Emily Urciuoli.
Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity