October 19, 2013

Garry Gains New 6k Personal Best

Bulldogs Show Collective Strength

MADISON, WISC.—This Saturday, a squad of seven Yale women's cross country competitors traveled to Madison, Wisc. to compete in the fifth- annual Wisconsin Adidas Invitational. The meet pulled rivals from across the country, including 26 nationally ranked teams. Yale compiled 964 points (37th).

Despite the overwhelming strength of the teams competing, a few Bulldogs came away triumphant in their own performances. Junior Kira Garry led the pack in 21:26—her best 6k time to date, earning 149th place among 288 runners, while senior Liana Epstein followed in 21:39 (171st). Junior Hannah Alpert came through as the team's third-best scorer in 22:03 (213th)—an impressive effort, as she has had little experience on 6k courses so far. Freshman Meredith Rizzo was fourth on the team and just one second behind Alpert , setting her new collegiate personal record at 22:04—more than a minute's improvement on her previous 6k time at the Iona Meet of Champions. Emily Stark—also a team member competing on her first 6k course this season, trailed Rizzo closely in 22:06 (217th). Not far behind this close-knit trio finished junior Anna Demaree in 225th with a time of 22:17 and freshman Chandler Olson in 22:22 (230th). 

The results of the meet are indicative of a collaborative effort between the team's members. Performances such as those of Alpert, Rizzo and Stark that help to close the gap with the team's frontrunners will be even more crucial progressing into the championship meets.  The sixth and seventh finishers on the team—this week, Demaree and Olson—are the members whose performances break close ties. Thus, the solidarity seen within that part of the team is important in edging out competitors of a similar skill level. The team is likely to look to this depth to carry it through the remainder of the season—including the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Nov. 2 and the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship on Nov. 15.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity