October 29, 2010

Bulldogs Compete in Ivy League Championships

Elizabeth Marvin Places 25th as Yale's Top Runner

BRONX, N.Y. – The Bulldogs traveled to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y. on Friday to compete against the rest of the Ivy League in the Heptagonal Championships. Yale placed eighth with 182 points. Sophomore Elizabeth Marvin was the first Bulldog to cross the line in 25th place (18:03.93) out of 93 runners.

Marvin was followed by junior Anne Lovelace (33rd, 18:20.3), freshman Melissa Chapman (38th, 18:27.2), junior Jennifer Downing (40th, 18:29.8), and sophomore Jacque Sahlberg (52nd, 18:38.5) to round out Yale's scorers. Also competing for the Bulldogs were senior Liya Assefa, freshman Sarah Barry, sophomore Jennifer Donnelly, junior Kate Grace, sophomore Caitlin Hudson, junior Kristin Johnson, and freshman Clare Kane.

Princeton took the title for the fifth consecutive year, combining for 33 points. Alex Banfich of Princeton was the individual winner in 16:58.9.

"We anticipated that we would run better and we didn't. It wasn't at all consistent with what we did two weeks ago (at the Penn State National meet where Yale placed eighth of 31 teams)," commented head coach Mark Young '68, the Mark T. Young Director of Cross Country and Track and Field.

Though slightly disappointed, Young and the team will look ahead to their next race, where they will see some of their Ivy rivals again.

"We just didn't have that same tight grouping that we had and hopefully will have again," he said, looking ahead to the Bulldog's next race at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, which will take place in Madison, Conn. on Nov. 13.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity