March 7, 2006

Lederman and Donaldson to Compete at NCAA Championships

March 7, 2006

This year's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held again in the Tyson Indoor Track Complex at University of Arkansas. Captain Molly Lederman will be representing Yale in the pole vault, while Lindsay Donaldson will be running in both the mile and 3,000-meter run. Competition will be March 10-11.

As a freshman, Donaldson finished fourth in the 3,000-meter run (9:24.70) at last year's NCAA Indoor Championships and was the only freshman to qualify for the event. Donaldson has had a stellar sophomore campaign in which she was second in the mile run (4:43.79) and third in the 3,000-meter run (9:32.00) at Heps. Last weekend, she won the 3,000-meter run at ECACs (9:25.63). She will be looking to better last year's performance while also competing in the mile. She currently holds the school mile record at 4:43.19 and is third all-time in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:16.97.

Lederman is a senior and is in her final year of collegiate indoor track. She is looking to build upon last outdoor season in which she was able to vault at nationals and finish 20th (3.90 meters). She most recently won Heps with a school record height of 4.10 meters. Last weekend, she won the pole vault at ECACs (4.05 meters). She will be looking to establish herself as one of the best vaulters in the nation.

Here is a summary of Yale's schedule:

Lindsay Donaldson (So., Lincoln, Mass.)
Mile run, seed time 4:43.19, 15th out of 17 competitors

Preliminary: Friday 7:05 p.m. Eastern time
Final: Saturday 6:25 p.m. Eastern time
3,000-meter run, seed time 9:20.34, 19th out of 20 competitors
Final: Saturday 7:50 p.m. Eastern time

Molly Lederman (Sr., Newton, Mass.)
Pole vault, seed mark 4.10m, 15th out of 17 competitors

Final: Saturday 5:00 p.m. Eastern time

Report by Victor Cheng '08, Yale Sports Publicity

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