4x800 Finishes Sixth on Final Day of ECAC Championships

May 18, 2008

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PRINCETON, N.J. - The Yale women's track and field team ended competition at the ECAC championships with three points, good for a tie for 44th place. Big East power UConn won the team event with 83 points, well ahead of second-place Virginia (53 points) and third-place Cornell (43 points).

The Bulldogs' points were scored by the 4x800-meter relay team of junior Kathryn Schleckser, sophomore Stephany Reaves, senior Mary Kuder and senior Meredith Leenhouts. Freshman Kate Grace, who had qualified to run the 800-meter open event and is a regular participant on the 4x800, did not compete. Grace's appearance at the NCAA regional championships is already assured, as the freshman has run well under the regional standard in the 800-meter run.

Despite pouring rain, the relay ran a very respectable 9:06.00, a time that placed them in sixth. Georgetown won the event in 8:48.70. For their efforts, Schleckser, Kuder, Reaves and Leenhouts will be named all-East.

With no more qualifying performances, Grace and seniors Elizabeth Calle and Lindsay Donaldson will be the Bulldogs that represent Yale at the NCAA east region championships in two weeks (May 30 and 31), hosted this year by Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla.

report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity