Garry, Epstein Boost Team Performance in Boston

Kira Garry. (photo by Katrina Garry)

 Alpert Significantly Improves on Harvard-Yale Performance

BOSTON—This Friday, eight Bulldogs took on the Coast-to Coast Battle in Beantown- Boston College Invite. The meet was a great opportunity for the team to gain experience with both Northeast Regional contenders and competitive teams from outside the region. Yale placed ninth overall in the meet with 211 points. Providence, ranked No. 1 in the region, took the meet with 50 points. Fellow Ivy League Cornell was third with 101 points.

Leading the pack was sophomore Kira Garry—who placed 25th overall out of a field of 142, claiming a notable time of 17:55. Garry's performance was not only the best of the day, but also a significant improvement on her 18:26 finish at Harvard-Yale.  Senior Liana Epstein finished the course in 18 minutes flat and placed 30th overall, continuing her streak of finishing as one the team's top scoring individuals. Both Garry and Epstein are strong assets likely to be integral to the team's success at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships and Northeast Regional meet.

Junior Hannah Alpert flew past nearly two-thirds of the field and improved on her Harvard-Yale time by a full twenty seconds, securing a time of 18:24. Alpert's marked improvement likewise bodes well for the team's future meets. She will have at least one more opportunity to advance before the championship meets are held, at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational in Madison, Wisc.

Freshman Chandler Olson again contributed to the team score as the fourth Bulldog to complete the course at Franklin Park. She placed 58th in 18:29. Based off her two performances this season, Olson looks to be on the path to becoming one of the team's most valued contributors.

In addition, junior Anna Demaree placed 68th, maintaining her time from Harvard-Yale of 18:45. Senior captain Millie Chapman placed 86th, finishing in 19:04, while sophomore Elizabeth McDonald followed in 19:12. Lastly, freshman Rachel Jones rounded out the Bulldogs' effort with a finish of 20:19.
 
The team will take next week off and return to competition on Oct. 12 at the New England Championships, again held in Franklin Park.
 
Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity