2016-17 Yale Women's Track and Field News

  • Bulldogs Welcome 13 Outstanding Recruits for 2017-8 Season
    July 26, 2017
    Following a historic 2016-17 season, the Yale women’s cross country and track and field program is proud to welcome 13 women to their ranks for the 2017-18 season. These athletes will bring much welcomed depth to a team that has made substantial strides over the course of the past year. The cross country team earned its second consecutive second-place finish at Heps, in addition to its first berth in the NCAA National Championships since 2001. The track and field team saw some of its best performances in years.
  • Feshbach Earns Three Medals at 2017 Maccabiah Games
    July 24, 2017
    Yale women’s track and field heptathlete Natasha Feshbach recently capped off an unforgettable trip she took to Israel as a part of Team USA at the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel. Back in May, Feshbach was one of 1,100 Jewish American athletes selected to compete at the games. She returns to Yale next month with three medals in her four events (the 100-meter hurdles and long jump as well as the 4x100m and 4x400m hurdles).
  • Kate Grace '11 Will Join Team USA at IAAF World Champs
    June 24, 2017
    Saturday evening, Yale track and field alum Kate Grace '11 added yet another milestone to her career, earning a spot in the IAAF World Championships representing Team USA. Grace clinched her spot by finishing second in the 1,500-meter run finals Saturday at the USATF Outdoor Championships -- the meet that decides who will represent the United States at the World Champs in London this coming Aug. 5-13. The top three finishers with qualifying times earn the chance to compete in the World Championships.
  • Bulldog Alums Take On USATF Championships
    June 21, 2017
    Three of Yale’s finest athletes will hit the track at the USATF Outdoor Championships this weekend in sunny Sacramento, Calif. Middle-distance athletes Kate Grace ’11 and James Randon ’17 will compete in the 1,500-meter run while Kira Garry ’15 will be featured in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. All three Bulldog alums will compete back-to-back-to-back in the first rounds of their respective events on Thursday evening: Garry will compete at 7:13 p.m. PST, and Randon and Grace will compete in the 1,500-meter run at 7:44 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. PST, respectively.
  • Schmiede Named Second Team All-American
    June 14, 2017
    Senior Frances Schmiede, who capped her Yale track and field career with the ninth-fastest time in the semifinals of the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Championships this past week, has been named second team All-American. Her time of 4.15.70 was the second-fastest of her career.
  • Schmiede Closes Collegiate Career at Nationals
    June 08, 2017
    Senior Frances Schmiede wrapped up the year of competition for the women’s track and field team at the NCAA National Championship tonight, ending a prodigious collegiate career in the semifinal of the 1,500-meter run.
  • Schmiede Heads to Outdoor Nationals
    June 06, 2017
    This weekend, the Yale women’s track and field team sends senior Frances Schmiede to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She will be competing in the 1,500-meter run, becoming the first Bulldog to advance to the National Championship in six years. Schmiede will look to finish her collegiate career on top as she competes in her third consecutive National Championship this year. She will be competing in the semifinal of the 1,500-meter run on Thursday afternoon in the first of two heats.
  • Schmiede Smashes 1,500m Record to Qualify for Nationals
    May 27, 2017
    This evening, senior Frances Schmiede punched her ticket to the NCAA National Championship in style in the quarterfinal of the 1,500-meter run. In doing so, she became the first Bulldog to do so for the team since Kate Grace ’11 qualified in 2011 to compete in the 800-meter run at Nationals, placing fifth overall. What makes Schmiede’s performances especially remarkable is that she smashed her previous record with a knockout performance, besting her own personal best by more than four seconds. She finished with a new school record of 4:13.13.
  • Rizzo Closes Career at NCAA East Regionals
    May 26, 2017
    Senior Meredith Rizzo competed for the Bulldogs this evening at the NCAA East Preliminary meet hosted by the University of Kentucky. The three-day meet brings the best of the best to compete for a spot in the National Championship. Rizzo competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, an event that was run in three heats. She competed in the second of three heats, crossing the line with a time of 10:40.83, good for 13th in her heat and 36th overall in a competitive field.
  • Trio Heads to NCAA Prelims
    May 25, 2017
    Three senior members of the Yale women?s track and field team head to Lexington, Ky., this weekend to compete in the NCAA East Preliminary meet. This meet brings together some of the best athletes from the eastern half of the country vying for a trip to Eugene, Ore., and a berth in the NCAA Track and Field Championships. From the top 48 in each respective event, only the top 12 in each event advance to the Championships in June.
  • Schmiede Advances to 1,500m Quarterfinal
    May 25, 2017
    The Yale women’s track and field team kicked off its first day at the NCAA Eastern Preliminary meet with two women competing in the 1,500-meter run this evening. This meet brings together the best athletes in the NCAA all competing for a spot in the National Championship. Only the top 12 athletes in each event will get the opportunity to go to Eugene, Oregon.
  • Schmiede, Miller Share Nellie Pratt Elliot Award
    May 21, 2017
    Frances Schmiede, one of the most decorated middle distance runners in the history of Yale women’s track, and fencer Katherine Miller, an All-American who represented Brazil at the 2016 Olympics, are the recipients of the 2017 Nellie Pratt Elliot Award, the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior female at Yale. The award was presented at today’s Class Day exercises.
  • Yale Honors Six Seniors and One Team with Awards at Senior Student-Athlete Reception
    May 20, 2017
    Six seniors and one team were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual senior student-athlete reception Saturday afternoon at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The men’s fencing team earned the Brodhead Award for highest team grade point average. Emily Barnes (Louisville, Colo.) of the women’s cross country and track & field teams and Jackson Stallings (Moore, Okla.) of the football team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Barnes and Frederick Muth (Los Angeles, Calif.) of the men’s fencing team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Mackenzie Franklin (Austin, Texas) of the women’s swimming & diving team and Denzell Jobson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) of the men’s track & field team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award. Robin Molen-Grigull (Sydney, Australia) of the heavyweight crew team was the recipient of the Amanda Walton Award.
  • Three Seniors Qualify for NCAA East Prelims
    May 19, 2017
    On Thursday, the NCAA DI Track and Field Committee released the list of athletes who have qualified to compete in the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round next week in Lexington, Ky. From the hundreds of DI schools and thousands of athletes across the eastern region, only the top 48 competitors in each event are selected to participate. This year, three Bulldogs, all seniors on the team, will make the trip to the University of Kentucky for this prestigious meet next weekend May 25-27.
  • Dana Klein Named 2017-18 Track & Field Captain
    May 16, 2017
    The women’s track and field team convened last Wednesday to honor its athletes for yet another successful season coming to a close. At this banquet, the athletes voted on who would be captain for the upcoming 2017-18 season, selecting junior distance runner Dana Klein.
  • Holmes, Rizzo, Schmiede Honored at Team Banquet
    May 16, 2017
    This past Wednesday the Yale women’s track and field team held its annual banquet to honor its athletes for another successful season. At this banquet, the team honors some of its finest athletes with three special awards: the Lee Calhoun Award, the James Stack Award and the Stroube Family Award. This year’s list of recipients includes all three athletes that set Yale records, among other amazing accomplishments this season.
  • Masterson Earns All East Honors at ECACs
    May 15, 2017
    Following its championship meet each season, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) chooses to recognize the top by awarding them All-East Honors. The top eight in each event is awarded this distinction. This year, sophomore Andrea Masterson earns her second consecutive All-East honor for her strong performance in the 5,000-meter run.
  • Bulldogs Send Four to ECAC Championships
    May 12, 2017
    The Yale women’s track and field team heads to Princeton this weekend to compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships. This championship meet brings together a plethora of schools all across the Eastern Seaboard in a regional championship. In order to qualify, athletes needed to meet a rigorous qualifying standard. This year, the Bulldogs will send four athletes to Princeton for the meet across two events on Friday.
  • Masterson Takes Third at ECACs, Bulldogs Compete at Twilight Invite
    May 12, 2017
    The Yale women?s track and field split up for their last meets of the season, competing in both the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships in Princeton, N.J., and the West Point Twilight meet, hosted by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (i.e. Army). Many members of the team closed the season out with some impressive performances.
  • Schmiede, 4x800m Relay Earn All-Ivy Honors
    May 10, 2017
    On Tuesday afternoon, the Ivy League announced its first- and second-team All-Ivy honorees for their outstanding performances this weekend. Based on their performances at this weekend’s Heptagonal Championships, four Bulldogs earned All-Ivy honors, with one athlete earning two honors for the weekend.
  • Schmiede Wins 1,500m at Heps Day Two
    May 07, 2017
    This afternoon at the Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex, the Yale women’s track and field team wrapped up a successful day hosting the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. The Bulldogs put together four outstanding podium finishes, along with yet another record in the 100-meter hurdles and other strong performances.
  • Masterson Takes Fourth in 10k at First Day of Heps
    May 06, 2017
    The Yale women’s track and field team wrapped up their first day hosting the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships this afternoon. The team put together a number of strong performances, with some of the Bulldogs qualifying for the final in their events tomorrow. With five of 22 total events completed, the team is in sixth place with four points, while Penn leads the Ancient Eight with 45 points.
  • Bulldogs Host Ivy League Heps This Weekend
    May 05, 2017
    This weekend, the Yale women’s track and field team is set to host the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship at the Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex. All eight Ivies will make the trip down to New Haven for one of the most competitive meets of the season to decide which team will emerge as the Ivy League Champion. The meet will span two days, with day one consisting mostly of preliminary rounds, while day two on Sunday will feature the finals of those events.
  • 2017 Ivy League Outdoor Track and Field Championships
    May 02, 2017
    Yale University will host the 2017 Ivy League Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Below is information, as well as links related to the Championships.
  • Holmes Takes 100m Hurdle Record Again
    April 30, 2017
    This afternoon, the women’s track and field team hosted their last meet of the regular season: the Yale Springtime Invitational. This meet brings together plenty of local competition from across the region for one last opportunity to compete before the big championship meets coming up. Most notably, next week the Bulldogs will host the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. The team racked up three wins for the afternoon, as well as numerous personal bests from many members of the team.
  • Bulldogs Host Springtime Invite Sunday
    April 28, 2017
    The women’s track and field team hosts the Yale Springtime Invitational this weekend at the Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex. The meet brings together plenty of competition from a number of local universities as the last meet of many conferences’ regular seasons. With just one week until the Bulldogs are set to host the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships in New Haven, it is the team’s last opportunity to get in a little more racing experience before that meet. Several of the team’s athletes will also be competing in their final race of the season this weekend, so it will surely prove to be a great meet to attend.
  • Schmiede Tops 1,500m Record Once More
    April 22, 2017
    This evening, the Yale women’s track and field team competed at the Virginia Challenge, a highly prestigious meet hosted by the University of Virginia. Competitors needed to have reached a selective qualifying mark to even be able to toe the line at this meet. Most notably, senior Frances Schmiede broke her own record in the 1,500-meter run at the Virginia Challenge, as well as one of the top times in the nation thus far in the season.
  • Bulldogs Head to Virginia Challenge
    April 21, 2017
    This weekend, the women’s track and field team will send a small contingent of athletes to compete at the Virginia Challenge. This is by far the most competitive meet thus far in the season, with athletes hailing from all across the country. With athletes having needed to pass a qualifying standard, they are sure to run fast times this weekend. This two-day meet will feature four Bulldogs competing, including the team’s first heptathlete in a number of years.
  • Rizzo Leaps Over Steeplechase Record at Princeton
    April 21, 2017
    The women’s track and field team competed at both the Larry Ellis Invitational and the Virginia Challenge this evening, with stunning results across both locations. Most notably, senior Meredith Rizzo won the steeplechase at the Larry Ellis Invite, setting the women’s record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
  • Bulldogs Defeat Harvard, Snapping Streak
    April 15, 2017
    The Yale women's track and field team beat Harvard for the first time since 2007, winning a total of 12 events to rack up 88 points to top the Crimson's 66. Across the board, the Bulldogs placed well in a number of events and achieved some personal bests as well. The win comes amid a number of successful spring meets thus far for the team, with many of the younger members stepping up to contribute.
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