October 13, 2010

Intense Competition Ahead for Bulldogs

Team Will Race in Penn State National Meet on Saturday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's cross country team will travel to University Park, Pa., this Saturday to race in the Penn State National meet, which draws competitive teams from all over the country.

The competition includes No. 1 Villanova, Penn State, Tennessee, and Syracuse, which is currently ranked first in the region. Penn State is the reigning meet champion. In all, about forty teams will compete this year, including Cornell and Penn from the Ivy League.

"This is a great opportunity to see where we are with only a month left in the season. There are several very good teams" who are set to race on Saturday, said Mark Young '68, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field. With the much-anticipated Ivy League Championships about two weeks away on Friday, Oct. 29, the team will be eager to see how it places amongst nationally-ranked teams.

Freshman Sarah Barry, junior Kate Grace, junior Anne Lovelace and sophomore Elizabeth Marvin, who did not race on Oct. 10 at the New England Championship meet, will be among those who will traverse the 6000-meter course for Yale.  These runners have consistently placed among the Bulldogs' fastest competitors throughout the season. Junior Madeline Adams, senior Liya Assefa, freshman Melissa Chapman, junior Jennifer Donnelly, sophomore Jennifer Downing, sophomore Caitlin Hudson, junior Kristin Johnson, and sophomore Jacque Sahlberg, most of whom are fresh off their eighth-place finish at the New England Championships, will also compete in Yale blue on Saturday.

The gun is set to go off at 11:00 AM. Results will be posted on www.yalebulldogs.com and www.gopsusports.com as soon as they are available.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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