Bulldogs Head to Florida for NCAA Regional Championships

Bulldogs Head to Florida for NCAA Regional Championships

May 29, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Select members of the Yale women's track and field team will compete on May 30 and 31 at the NCAA East Regional Championships, hosted this year by Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. Athletes are eligible to compete at the prestigious event if they have either met the qualification standard in their event or won their respective conference championship.

Yale will send three athletes to Tallahassee this year: freshman Kate Grace and seniors Elizabeth Calle and Lindsay Donaldson.

Grace qualified for regionals with a blistering 2:06.32 performance in the 800-meter run at the Yale-Penn-Princeton triangular meet on April 12. The freshman is currently ranked 8th in the region and 26th in the country.

Team captain Elizabeth Calle clinched a regional berth at the Penn Relays on April 24, where she ran 10:42.70 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The senior is 21st in the region and 78th in the nation.

On that same weekend, senior Lindsay Donaldson ran 16:24.01 in the 5,000-meter run to ensure an appearance at regionals. The distance veteran is ranked 7th in the region and 28th in the country.

Grace will need to qualify for the regional final by first running in a preliminary heat, scheduled to take place on May 30 at 6:50 p.m. Should she qualify, she would run again on May 31 at 5:25 p.m. Donaldson will compete the first day in the 5,000-meter final, currently scheduled for 9:15 p.m. Calle will run the second day at 6:15 p.m. in the 3,000-meter steeplechase final.

Should any of the Bulldogs finish in the top five of their event, they will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championships in June, hosted by Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Should they not finish in the top five, there is still a possibility a Yale athlete will be given an "at-large selection", a bid that takes into account previous performances during the 2008 season.

report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity