2011-12 Yale Women's Cross Country News

February 14, 2012
Women's Cross Country named Division I All-Academic
The Yale women's cross country team was selected as one of the 205 Division I All-Academic programs across the country on Monday. In order to be considered, a team must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 and have started at least five runners at its regional NCAA regional championship. Each Ivy League school except Princeton was selected. The Bulldogs combined for a 3.51 average, the highest of any Ancient Eight competitor.

February 9, 2012
Liana Epstein Named Division I All-Academic
Sophomore Liana Epstein was selected to the USTFCCCA Division I Cross Country All-Academic team. She is one of 104 honorees who have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and finished in the top 15 or top 10% at their NCAA Regional meet.

December 13, 2011
Fall Academic All-Ivy Announced
The Ivy League has released its list of student-athletes selected for 2011 All-Ivy Academic honors in fall sports. Ten Yale student athletes were selected.

December 5, 2011
Kayali Elected 2012 Cross Country Captain
At the annual Yale cross country banquet, held on Dec. 1, two Bulldogs were recognized for their contributions to the team this past season. Junior Nihal Kayali was elected captain of the 2012 squad, and junior Elizabeth Marvin was honored with the Mike Stanley-John Cleary Class of 1954 Women’s Cross Country Award, given annually to "the outstanding member of the Yale women's cross country team who excels in Dedication, Commitment, and Inspiration to the sport of cross country."

November 14, 2011
Epstein and Marvin are All-Northeast
After their top performances at the NCAA Regional meet on Saturday, sophomore Liana Epstein and junior Elizabeth Marvin have been named to the All-Northeast team. Epstein was 11th out of 243 runners, clocking in at 21:05.2. Marvin crossed the line in 21:17.4, good for 17th overall. For their efforts, they were selected as members of the All-Northeast team

November 12, 2011
Best Result in 6 Years: Cross Country 6th at NCAA Regionals
In its best finish since 2005, the Yale women's cross country team placed sixth out of 36 teams at the NCAA Northeast Regional meet. The meet was close: the Bulldogs combined for 164 points, just one point behind nationally-ranked Providence College and four in front of Connecticut. Yale put the exclamation point on a season that has proven to be its best in over five years. In 2005, Yale finished fifth at Regionals behind Lindsay Donaldson '08, who qualified for the national championship that year, her second of four appearances at NCAAs.

November 10, 2011
Epstein and Marvin Earn All-Ivy Honors
Two Bulldogs were named to the 2011 All-Ivy team for their performance at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Oct. 29. Sophomore Liana Epstein was seventh overall and junior Elizabeth Marvin was eighth. Epstein joined the rest of the top seven finishers on the first team All-Ivy list while Marvin was named second team All-Ivy.

November 9, 2011
Next Stop for Cross Country: NCAA Regionals
The Yale women’s cross country team will travel to Amherst, N.Y., this weekend to compete against the best of the Northeast region at the NCAA qualifying meet, hosted by the State University of New York at Buffalo. The Bulldogs will compete against representatives from 39 other schools for the right to advance to the NCAA Championship, to be held on Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.

October 29, 2011
Battling Cold and Snow, Bulldogs Take 4th at Heps
During the first snowfall of the season, the Yale women’s cross country team placed fourth in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. This is the team’s highest finish since 2006, when they were also fourth. A layer of snow blanketed the ground and continued to fall throughout the entire race. The temperature at the conclusion of the race was 32°F, less-than-ideal conditions for any meet, let alone a championship.

October 26, 2011
No. 36 Cross Country to Race for Heps Title
The Yale women’s cross country team, currently ranked 36th in the nation, will travel to Princeton on Saturday to toe the line against the rest of the Ancient Eight in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships (Heps). The Bulldogs are looking to avenge an eighth-place finish at last year’s race. This goal looks entirely possible because the team has come close to breaking the top 30 in the nation this season, and has been ranked in the top 36 for the past three weeks.

October 15, 2011
Bulldogs First at Princeton Invite
The Yale women's cross country team finished first overall in the Princeton Invitational on Saturday, sweeping the top five places to score a perfect 15 points, the lowest possible total. The team got a valuable chance to preview the site of this year's Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, to be held on Oct. 29.

October 12, 2011
No. 32 Cross Country Will Travel to Princeton
The Yale women’s cross country team will travel to Princeton, N.J., this weekend to compete in the Princeton Invitational. The six-kilometer course is the same that the team will run at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Oct. 29, so this Saturday’s meet offers a welcome preview of the course for that race. 21 teams will participate in the Invitational, considerably more than the eight that will compete at Heps, allowing the Bulldogs to see how they might perform on the course in a large field. This kind of preview is valuable information for a team that received 16 votes in the USTFCCCA’s national rankings last week, meaning it is ranked 32nd in the country. The Bulldogs are also ranked third overall in the Northeast region.

October 8, 2011
Raymond Leads Bulldogs at New England Championships
The Yale women's cross country team competed in the New England Championships today, placing 16th of 39 teams. Senior Lindsey Raymond was the team's front-runner, placing in the top 40 of 269 athletes. The Bulldogs combined for 477 points while the championship went to the women of Boston College with 38 points. Dartmouth was fifth (177 points) and Brown was 24th (648 points).

October 5, 2011
New England Championships Await Bulldogs
Coming off of their precipitous rise to third place in the Northeast regional rankings on Monday, the Yale women’s cross country team will compete in the New England Championships on Saturday. Almost half of the Bulldogs who will race are in their first collegiate season and will gain valuable experience at the meet, one of the largest of the season. 47 teams and 322 athletes competed in the 2010 New England Championships; last year’s Bulldogs placed eighth. The meet will be held at Franklin Park in Boston, where Yale competed against Harvard and Princeton on Sept. 17.

October 3, 2011
Women's Cross Country Ranked Third in Northeast
The Yale women's cross country team jumped to third in the USTFCCCA cross country regional rankings on Monday, eclipsing their prior position of 13th. The Bulldogs leap-frogged other Ivy teams, such as Dartmouth and Cornell, as well as usual powerhouses like Boston College, Stony Brook and Connecticut. The ten-spot jump was the largest in the Northeast region this week. Only Providence and Syracuse are ranked higher than the Bulldogs this week.

September 30, 2011
Yale 6th of 45 Teams at Paul Short
The Bulldogs placed sixth out of 45 teams at the Paul Short Invitational today. Yale was bested only by Providence, Villanova, Syracuse, Georgetown and Virginia, all of which are nationally-ranked. The Bulldogs bested Duke (ranked 9th nationally), as well as Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown, Harvard and Penn. The team proved that it can compete with the best in the nation, as well as the Ivy League.

September 28, 2011
44 Teams Await at Paul Short Invitational
This Friday, the Yale women’s cross country team will travel to Bethlehem, Pa., to compete in the Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh University. The field of 45 teams is one of the largest the Bulldogs will participate in this season, and is a good practice run for other regional meets like the New England Championships next month, as well as the NCAA Regional Qualifier in November.

September 17, 2011
Women’s Cross Country Bests Harvard, Falls Narrowly to Princeton
On Saturday the women’s cross country team defeated Harvard but fell to Princeton in another closely-contested meet. Sophomore Liana Epstein was the first finisher for the Bulldogs, placing second overall just behind senior All-American Alex Banfich of Princeton. The team compiled 36 points, just nine more than Princeton (27). Harvard was last of the three squads with 71 points.

September 14, 2011
Cross Country Heads North for HYP Showdown
Buoyed by a second-place finish at the first meet of the season, the Yale women’s cross country team will travel to Boston on Saturday to take on Harvard and Princeton in the annual grudge match. Last weekend’s meet at Fordham revealed a Bulldog team that is effective at running closely together, and picking up spots as they go. In a smaller meet such as HYP this coming week, teamwork will be critical in achieving a competitive place.

September 10, 2011
Chapman Wins Individual Title at Fordham Invitational
The Bulldog women’s cross country team laced up its racing flats for the first time this season on Saturday, where they faced off against 16 other squads. Sophomore Melissa Chapman won the race in a blistering 18:03.63, leading her team to second place overall. The team was only nine points behind Princeton, a nationally-ranked squad and the defending Ivy champions. The third-place team, Penn, had more than double Yale’s 43 points. The Bulldogs posted an impressive showing at their first meet, and showed that they can be competitive within the Ivy League.

September 5, 2011
Women’s Cross Country Team Anticipates 2011 Season
The Yale women’s cross country season will get underway on Saturday, Sept. 10, when the Bulldogs will travel to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y., to toe the line at the Fordham Fiasco and Follies Invitational. The Bulldogs have already experienced one major change before the season has even begun: they welcome Amy Gosztyla as their new head coach. The team ended last season with an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship, and is looking to build on the strength of individual performances, as well as team efforts.

August 29, 2011
Paul Harkins Joins Yale Staff as Men’s Cross Country, Middle Distance and Distance Coach
Paul Harkins, who has spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach at New Mexico State, has been named men’s cross country, middle distance and distance coach at Yale. David Shoehalter, Yale's Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, made the announcement Monday.

August 4, 2011
Amy Gosztyla Joins Staff as Women’s Cross Country, Middle Distance and Distance Coach
Amy Gosztyla, who spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Harvard, has joined the Yale staff as women’s cross country, middle distance and distance coach. David Shoehalter, Yale’s Mark T. Young ’68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, made the announcement Thursday.

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