Large Meet Brings Intense Competition
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.
Yale will compete against such perennial powerhouses as Georgetown (1st nationally), Providence (3rd), Villanova (last year's national champion and currently ranked 5th), Duke (9th), Syracuse (13th), North Carolina (15th) and Virginia (16th). Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Penn will also be competing, giving the Bulldogs an idea of where they stand within the Ivy League.
The Bulldogs are poised to compete on a national scale, after narrowly placing second behind Princeton (22nd nationally) for two weeks in a row. The team is ranked 13th in the Northeast Region by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The team has already had a number of runners score so far this year, speaking to the team's depth. Sophomore Melissa Chapman, sophomore Liana Epstein, freshman Kira Garry, junior Caitlin Hudson, junior Elizabeth Marvin and junior Jacque Sahlberg have all placed in the top five of the team's runners. They will be joined on Friday by freshman Hannah Alpert, junior Jennifer Donnelly and junior Nihal Kayali.
The women's 6k race will start at 11:45 a.m. on Friday. The Paul Short Invitational will comprise 14 races in all, with divisions ranging from college to high school to open competition. More information is available at the meet website, where results will be posted. Results will also be available at www.yalebulldogs.com.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity