June 12, 2008

Donaldson, Grace Compete at NCAAs

June 11, 2008

DES MOINES, Iowa - Senior Lindsay Donaldson and freshman Kate Grace competed at the NCAA Championships Wednesday at Drake Stadium. Donaldson finished 19th in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:30.60, while Grace was 24th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:09.47.

Grace was the first to compete, running in the third of four heats in the preliminary round. Her time placed her sixth in her heat, with only the top three in each heat qualifying automatically for Thursday's semifinals. BYU's Carlee Clark-Platt had the best time in Grace's heat (2:06.41), second only to Tennessee's Phoebe Wright (2:06.10) overall. The next four best times from all heats combined also earned spots in the semifinals, but Grace missed that cutoff by 1.23 seconds. She was one of only three freshmen in the event.

Donaldson ran in the second of two preliminary heats in the 5,000 Wednesday night. Her time placed her 13th in her heat, with only the top six in each heat automatically advancing to Friday's finals. The next four best times also advanced, but Donaldson missed that cutoff by 12.21 seconds. Texas A&M's Christina Munoz, who ran a 16:45.48 in heat two, had the top time overall.

That brings Donaldson's remarkable Yale career to an end. She leaves with six All-America selections -- three in cross country, three in three different events in track. She is also a two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American (second team 2006, first team 2007) and is in the running for her third selection this year. The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team for women's track and field and cross country will be announced June 25.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity