Olson Out to Impress in First Collegiate Meet
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale Women's Cross Country team started off its season today with the annual Harvard-Yale rivalry, held in Boston at Franklin Park. Though the team has won the meet the past two years, the Crimson managed to come out ahead this year, taking the meet with 20 points, while the first five Bulldogs to finish compiled a total of 39 points.
Finishing first for the Bulldogs was senior Liana Epstein. She also took second overall, completing the 5k race in 17:57. Epstein has traditionally done well at the meet, taking first last year and second in 2011. This year was no exception, especially as the only Harvard competitor to finish better than Epstein was just one second ahead of her.
Freshman Chandler Olson finished in sixth overall, but second on the team with her time of 18:20. With such promising performances this early in the season, Olson looks to be one of the team's key talents this semester. Senior Captain Millie Chapman ran a time of 18:23, just a second behind the two Harvard runners in front of her. She placed ninth overall. Coming in at 18:26 was junior Kira Garry, placing 10th.
Two more Yale juniors, Hannah Alpert and Anna Demaree, finished in 12th and 13th places, respectively. Alpert was just ahead of her teammate at 18:44, while Demaree crossed the finish line just one second later. Still, as Alpert was the fifth member of the team to complete the race, she was counted as the final Bulldog to score for her team.
Freshman Meredith Rizzo was the second newcomer to finish, placing in 16th with a time of 19 minutes. She was only one position ahead of her teammate, sophomore Elizabeth McDonald at 19:11. Rounding out the team's exertions were two final members of the class of 2017. Emily Waligurski placed 19th, finishing in 19:22, while Rachel Jones was 21st, covering the course in 20 minutes.
Despite the meet's outcome, the Bulldogs will have many more opportunities during the 2013 season to vie against Harvard, ranked No. 4 regionally. At this early point, Yale—ranked No. 9—has ample reason to look forward to overcoming the Crimson at events later in the season, two of which include the Heptagonal Championships and Northeast Regionals.
Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity