April 13, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - The Yale women's track and field team was unable to hold off the combined pressure of Penn and Princeton on Saturday at the annual tri-meet between the three schools, held this year at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Conference cross country and indoor track team champion Princeton won the meet with 84 points, Penn was second with 79, and Yale was third with 39.
The story of the meet, however, was the performance of rising star Kate Grace. The freshman unleashed an eye-popping 2:06.32 performance in the 800-meter run, establishing her as a conference and national threat.
So how good is 2:06? Aside from the mental benefits of upsetting Heptagonal champion at the distance and All-American Jesse Carlin, the six-second improvement rockets Grace to number two on Yale's all-time list for the 800-meter run, places her first in the conference rankings, second in the regional rankings and sixth in the national standings. The performance easily qualifies her for the ECAC championships (standard: 2:11.44) and the NCAA regional championships (standard: 2:09.80). Most impressively, however, is the fact that Grace's new personal best is under the "B" standard for the U.S. Olympic Trials ("B" standard: 2:06.50). Should not enough athletes meet the "A" standard of 2:01.50, then athletes will be invited to the 30-woman field to compete for a spot on the Olympic team from those who are under the "B" standard.
The freshmen led the team effort for the Bulldogs against the Tigers and Quakers. Along with Grace, freshman Jennifer Parker won the 200-meter dash in 25.59 and fellow classmate Eve King won the high jump with a 5-03.00 effort. Both of Yale's relays (the 4x400 and 4x100) were second in their respective races with times of 3:52.48 and 48.35. Senior Lindsay Donaldson contributed three more points to the team effort with her second-place finish in the 3,000-meter run (9:40.48).
The women will compete next in their last dual-style meet of the season against archrival Harvard at the Cuyler-Dwyer complex in New Haven on Saturday, April 19th.
report by Ted Galligan '10. Yale Sports Publicity