NASSAU, Bahamas—This past Saturday, Yale alum Kate Grace '11 made history at the inaugural IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas. She ran as a part of the U.S. 4x1500-meter relay team that set an American record (16:55.33). Grace ran the third leg of the race, in which she caught up to Australia's team. The team took second place for a silver medal, behind only the Kenyan team that ran a world record time (16:33.58).
While at Yale, Grace was a four-time All-American, and set schools records in the 800-meter, 1,500-meter and mile runs. As a senior, she was awarded the Nellie Pratt Elliot Award—the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior female at Yale. She has since improved on her times, as she practices as a member of the New Jersey-New York Club.
Last summer, Grace competed in both the 800-meter and the 1,500 meter runs at the Olympic trials. In addition, she is the 43rd woman in the United States to run a sub-4:30 mile. Oiselle, a running apparel company, sponsors her.
Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sport Publicity