Previously Unranked Bulldogs Race onto the National Stage
New Haven, Conn. – The Yale women's cross country team cracked the top ten of the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Northeast region rankings, jumping to eighth place on Monday, Oct. 18. Their No. 8 spot represents the highest position held by a previously unranked team this season.
The Bulldogs have been gaining momentum since the season began. They placed third at the Dartmouth Invitational on Sept. 11 while the home team won. On Oct. 9, Yale finished just behind Dartmouth at the New England Championships, by a much narrower margin than before. Now, Dartmouth is ranked 15th to Yale's eighth in the Northeast region. Dartmouth had held the 13th position all season.
Yale's progress will hopefully continue when the team competes in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Oct. 29. This historic meet will be the most significant race for the Bulldogs this season, according to head coach Mark Young '68, the Mark T. Young Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, because of the opportunity to compete and place against the other seven Ivy League schools.
Cornell (5th), Harvard (6th) and Columbia (7th) are ranked directly above Yale in the Northeast, while Brown is 12th. Princeton ranks third and Penn ninth in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity