March 31, 2007
PALO ALTO, Calif. - On Saturday evening, Lindsay Donaldson finished 20th in the 5,000-meter run among some of the fastest collegiate distance runners in the country at the Stanford Invitational at Cobb Track and Angell Field. Despite a tumble that involved other competitors, she still managed to finish with an NCAA qualifying time of 16:27.29.
"Bruised and bleeding from a near catastrophic multi-runner pile-up in the first mile of the elite women's 5,000-meter run at the Stanford Invitational, Lindsay Donaldson climbed out from under a stack of fallen runners to work her way back into the race and post an NCAA qualifying time of 16:27.29. Prior to the fall, Donaldson had executed her race plan to near perfection, easily holding 5:10 mile pace with her signature long stride while running mid-pack with the finest collegiate distance runners in America. After the fall, Lindsay was pure grit and gristle, fighting pain and fatigue as she climbed back into the race and posted the eighth fastest time ever by a Yale woman." (courtesy of West Coast Bureau, Yale Track Association)
Donaldson still holds the third fastest time in school history behind the O'Neill twins at a time of 16:12.83.
Report by Victor Cheng '08, Yale Sports Publicity