JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Yale women's track and field team's season drew to a close this evening at the NCAA East Regional Meet. At the meet hosted by the University of North Florida, the Bulldog's last competitor, junior Frances Schmiede, competed in the 1,500-meter quarterfinal. In the 24-woman event, the top 12 qualified for the National Meet in Eugene, Ore. in a few weeks.
Schmiede was in the second of two sections and stayed very much on pace with the other runners throughout a majority of the race. Through the first lap (300 meters) of the race, she was among the top three, clocking in at a blazing 51.87s. Through 1,100 meters, Schmiede fell back a bit but stayed in contact with the tight pack of competitors. However, the race was ultimately decided over a blisteringly competitive last lap. While the first couple of splits hovered around 70 seconds for literally every competitor, all of the finishers that qualified for Nationals ran a brutal 65 second final bell lap. Schmiede stayed evenly paced throughout it all, finishing 11th in her heat with an overall time of 4:25.69. Overall she ranked 19th in the quarterfinal but unfortunately did not qualify for the National Championship. However, the junior still has one year left on the team to qualify again.
And with this, Schmiede's spectacular breakout year comes to a close. The star middle-distance runner set records in both the 1,500-meter and mile runs as well as many other amazing feats this season. She was even named second team All-American during the indoor National meet. Schmiede will serve next season as the captain of the cross country team.
Ariel A. Sánchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity