University Hosts the Northeast Championships
New Haven, Conn. – The Yale cross country team is prepared to compete at the NCAA Division I Regional Championships this weekend. Boston University is hosting the meet at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass. For most of the Bulldogs, the race will be the last of the season.
The NCAA Regional Championships is one of the biggest races of the season, with 43 schools eligible to compete. Every Ivy League school but Penn and Princeton is included in the Northeast (both in the Mid-Atlantic region). The Northeast region is one of nine in the nation, all of which will hold their championships on Saturday. The NCAA National Championships will be held Monday, Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Bulldogs have run this course earlier in the season, in their dual meet against Harvard, but it will be slightly different this time: they ran 5k against Harvard, but will be running 6k this weekend.
Sophomore Anne Lovelace will likely be one of Yale’s strongest runners at the end of a very consistent season for her. She was the first Bulldog across the finish line at the Heptagonal Championships, and had an exceptionally good beginning of her race. She was also Yale’s first finisher at the Bulldogs’ other race at Franklin Park.
Other runners to look out for include freshman Nihal Kayali, who has turned in an impressive race at the Penn State National Invitational. Freshman Elizabeth Marvin could also be quite a force for the team, as could freshman Caitlin Hudson and seniors Alexandra Cadicamo, Stephanie Pearl and captain Stephany Reaves.
Many teams that the Bulldogs have already competed against earlier in the season will be at the NCAA Regionals.
“We would like to avenge our early season narrow loss to UConn,” said Mark Young ’68, the Mark T. Young ’68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field. “We would also like to pick off Dartmouth or Brown. We just have to run, with everyone running up to her capability. Anne has been pretty consistent, and if Nihal [Kayali] is there, along with Stephanie [Pearl], Stephany [Reaves], Alex [Cadicamo] and Caitlin [Hudson], we should do pretty well.”
Report by Kyle Eichner ’12, Yale Sports Publicity