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Chau Wins West Point 1500

Jocelyn Chau earned a collegiate victory Thursday night, winning the 1500 at the West Point Twilight Meet. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jocelyn Chau earned a collegiate victory Thursday night, winning the 1500 at the West Point Twilight Meet. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- After a hectic week including final exams, the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships and move out, the Yale women's track and field team saw some of its best results of the season at the West Point Twilight Meet Thursday night. Four out of five runners for Yale ran lifetime or season's bests as the small but mighty group of middle distance athletes competed in the 800 and 1500 meters.

The Bulldog races kicked off with the 800 meters. Samantha Friborg placed fifth in her heat and fifth overall running 2:08.60. After running sub-2:10 three times at last weekend's Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, Friborg has displayed incredible consistency this season and this race was no exception.

Track and field captain Emma Lower stepped up in the second heat of the evening. Running her final race for Yale, the senior finished in a season's best time of 2:11.94, also earning a qualifying time for the ECAC Outdoor Championships in the event. Rounding out the 800 meters for the Bulldogs was Megan Quimby, who finished in a collegiate best 2:15.06.

After a trio of solid performances in the 800 meters, Jocelyn Chau and Arianna Lord took on the 1500 and did not disappoint. Chau won the meet with a season's best time of 4:19.06, besting her previous collegiate record by more than three seconds. Lord also ran a personal best, knocking two seconds off of an earlier season time for a 4:34.37. Chau now sits second on Yale's all-time list in the event. 

Next up, the women's team will look to continue its post-Heps success at the ECAC Outdoor Championships at Princeton this coming Saturday and Sunday.