May 24, 2012

Bulldogs Compete at NCAA Regionals

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Three members of the Yale women's track and field team concluded their seasons at the NCAA Regionals on Thursday. The Bulldogs posted 24th, 25th and 31st place finishes to close out their seasons.

Junior Nihal Kayali competed in the 1,500-meter run, placing 25th of 48 athletes. The top five athletes from each heat automatically advanced to the next round of heats later in the meet, with the next four fastest times overall also advancing. Unfortunately, this system allowed five runners who ran slower times than Kayali to advance; the slowest time to advance was 4:30.65, a full three seconds slower than Kayali's 4:27.50. Her effort is made all the more bittersweet by the fact that her heat was the fastest, producing all four at-large qualifiers. Nonetheless, Kayali will have another season in Yale blue, including her tenure next fall as the women's cross country captain. She ends the season with the team's fastest time in the 1,500-meter run, as well as an All-East accolade.

Yale had two entrants in the 10,000-meter run: junior Elizabeth Marvin and senior Lindsey Raymond. Marvin placed 24th out of the 43 finishers in 35:48.61. Raymond finished in 36:43.86, good for 31st place. The top 12 finishers earned a berth to the NCAA National Championship meet. Catherine White of Virginia claimed the top spot in 34:18.82. Marvin and Raymond both earned All-East honors this season as well. 

The NCAA Regional meet continues on Friday with the heats of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 9:30 p.m.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity