NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Three members of Yale women's track and field earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors last week. Graduated senior Nihal Kayali, senior Amanda Snajder, and junior Kira Garry were among 710 athletes chosen for the distinction. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
Snajder qualified for the award with her national ranking of 81st in the indoor pentathlon, as well as a GPA of 3.53 in her major of history of science and history of medicine. She is currently the only member of the team to compete consistently in the pentathlon and heptathlon. This past season, Snajder set the school record in the pentathlon during the indoor track season with her stellar performances in the long jump, javelin throw, 200-meter dash, discus throw, and 1,500-meter run. Snajder's diverse track record is accompanied by her outstanding reputation as a team leader. A dedicated member of the team by the accounts of both her peers and coaches, she was chosen as track and field captain for the 2013-14 season this past spring.
While Kayali was ranked in the top 96 in an event during the indoor season—at 95th for the mile—she also competed in a round of the NCAA Division I Championships during the 2012-2013 outdoor track and field season. In fact, both Garry and Kayali competed in the first round of the NCAA East Regional Championships this past season. Kayali placed 16th in her heat in the 5,000-meter run, while Garry finished 14th in her heat in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, an event not found during indoor track.
During Kayali's final year of competition, she served as cross country captain. In the 2013-14 outdoor track season, she discovered an affinity for longer distances she had previously passed up for middle distances races, such as the mile, 1,500-meter and 800-meter runs. Kayali majored in political science while at Yale, securing an impressive GPA of 3.86.
Garry has been the Bulldog's ace in the 3,000-meter steeplechase from the start of her college career. This past season marked her second consecutive year competing in the NCAA East Regional meet in the event. During her freshman year, Garry broke the Yale steeplechase record—setting the new all-time best mark at 10.22.81. She is majoring in environmental studies with a GPA of 3.54
Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity