Gamble Paces Team
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - The Yale women's cross country team traveled to Central Connecticut State University on Friday to compete in the CCSU Mini-Meet and they left with a triumphant win over 13 teams on a wet, muddy course. Yale outpaced contingents from Providence College and University of Connecticut, regional powerhouses who were also resting their top seven for championship meets. The win demonstrates the power of Yale's depth; even with the Bulldog front-runners sitting out the race, six of the top 10 spots went to Yale Blue uniforms.
Senior Annelies Gamble was the first Yalie to cross the line, finishing in second place in 10:19.44. She lead a pack of Bulldogs that extended six people and ten seconds deep: sophomore Anna Demaree was third overall (10:25.53), junior Sarah Barry was fourth (10:26.95), freshman Shannon McDonnell was seventh (10:29.87), senior Jennifer Donnelly was eighth (10:30.26) and freshman Isabel Amend was ninth (10:30.93). Such a tight spread between the first pack indicates that the team was able to work together to conquer the unfavorable conditions.
Sophomore Hannah Alpert (17th- 10:43.09), senior Tori Flannery (21st- 10:47.20), senior Jacque Sahlberg (29th- 10:58.94), freshman Elizabeth McDonald (48th- 11:18.37) and freshman Anna-Sophie Harling (100th- 12:12.09) also competed for Yale.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Oct. 27 when they toe the line against the rest of the Ivy League at Heptagonal Championships, hosted by Princeton.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity