Five Bulldogs Qualify for NCAA Regionals

Kira Garry and Elizabeth Marvin. (photo by Katrina Garry)
Kira Garry and Elizabeth Marvin. (photo by Katrina Garry)

Meet Hosted by University of North Florida in Jacksonville

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.

Sophomore Melissa Chapman qualified in the 5,000-meter run. She has the 25th-fastest seed time in a field of 48 athletes. Chapman's 16:22.89 won her third place at Heps. The semifinal of the 5,000-meter run will start at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 26.

Freshman Kira Garry will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after making her collegiate debut at the distance earlier this season. Her qualifying time of 10:28.63 ranks 38th among the field of 48 competitors. Garry ran that time at Heps, where she placed fifth. The gun for the quarterfinal of the 3,000-meter steeplechase will go off at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25.

Two Bulldogs will toe the line in the 10,000-meter run. Senior Lindsey Raymond and junior Elizabeth Marvin will both race the distance as members of the 47-athlete field. Raymond, in her first and final track season as a Bulldog, ranks 37th in the field at 35:17.12 while Marvin's 35:22.59 is good for 41st. Both Raymond and Marvin ran those times at Heps, where they placed fourth and fifth, respectively. The semifinal of the 10,000-meter run will occur at 9:40 p.m. on Thursday, May 24.

Junior Nihal Kayali earned a berth in the 1,500-meter run with a seed time of 4:23.65. Her time merited sixth place and All-East recognition at ECACs earlier this month. Kayali's first heat will take place on Thursday, May 24, at 6:00 p.m.

A full schedule and meet website are available here. Results will be available at the meet website and at the conclusion of each day's events.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity