Schmiede Named Second Team All-American

Frances Schmiede. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Frances Schmiede. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- 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.

The All-American recognition is the latest in a series of honors for Schmiede, who set Yale's record in the 1,500 outdoors in the quarterfinals with a time of 4:13.13. It is the third All-American honor of her career; her previous two honors came in the indoor mile run. This past season she qualified for the NCAA Championships in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. She set an Ivy League record in the 1,000-meter run, and earned four All-Ivy League honors.

Earlier this spring, Schmiede earned Yale's Nellie Pratt Eliot Award, the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior female at Yale. She was the first track and field/cross country athlete to earn that award since Kate Grace '11, a U.S. Olympian.

In the fall, Schmiede captained the cross country team to a berth in the NCAA Championship for the first time in 15 years. She earned All-Ivy recognition for the second straight year by finishing seventh at the Heptagonal Championship. In addition, she was a two-time All-Northeast Region selection in cross country.

Schmiede also has numerous academic honors. She earned Academic All-Ivy recognition in cross country this fall and in outdoor track last year. She is a three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic selection.

A native of Pymble, Australia, Schmiede was in Pierson College at Yale. She majored in political science.