Largest Meet Yet Offers Warm-Up for Heps and Regionals
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's cross country team will travel to Lehigh University in Pennsylvania this Friday for a chance to compete in a 40-team field at the Paul Short Invitational. This is the largest meet the Bulldogs have competed in so far this season, and gives them a chance to prepare for the logistics and racing strategy of such a huge competition, which will pay off when they compete at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships and NCAA Northeast Regionals later this season.
The Paul Short Invitational will feature 40 teams from all over the country, including Maryland, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. In addition, several nationally-ranked teams will compete: Georgetown (4th), Providence (8th) and Villanova (10th). Providence and Villanova were first and second, respectively, at the 2011 Paul Short Invitational. Of the Ancient Eight, all but Columbia and Princeton will toe the line on Friday, so Yale will get to see how it stacks up against its Ivy rivals at this point in the season.
The Bulldogs executed a coup de etat of sorts at this race last year by placing sixth out of 45 teams. They finished ahead of Duke, which was ranked ninth nationally at the time. They also beat every other Ivy League team competing, despite being ranked only 13th in the Northeast regional USTFCCCA poll that week.
Morale on the Yale squad will be high after its dominating near-sweep of Harvard on Sept. 14. The Bulldogs claimed six of the first seven places, giving them a nice cushion of 19 points to Harvard's 40.
The Paul Short meet website is available here, and includes the day's field. Yale will compete in the College Gold 6k race at 11:45 a.m. Results will be available on the meet website and at www.yalebulldogs.com.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity