Chapman Receives Stanley-Cleary Award

Melissa Chapman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Melissa Chapman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Senior Recognized for Continual Commitment

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Just as the Yale women's cross country team elected its new captain on Dec. 9 this week at the annual banquet, team members showed their appreciation for the 2013 captain, senior Millie Chapman, who took away the Mike Stanley-John Cleary Class of 1954 Women's Cross Country Award, given annually to "the outstanding member of the Yale women's cross country team who excels in Dedication, Commitment, and Inspiration to the sport of cross country." 

"Millie was awarded the Stanley-Cleary award for her consistent success over the four years she ran cross country for Yale," commented Head Women's Cross Country Coach Amy Gosztyla. "She earned her major Y in all four seasons she ran at Yale. This fall, despite being sidelined for four weeks of the season, she came back for the championship races and led our young second pack of runners to great success."

Chapman's contributions to the team over the last four years have surely been invaluable. After earning her place in the top seven as a freshman, she continued on to compete in the 2011 team that placed sixth at Regionals and fourth at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, the best overall finish in the championship meets the team had seen in years. At both, Chapman finished as the team's fourth-best competitor. Moreover, as a junior in the 2012 season, Chapman helped lead the team to its No. 22 national ranking.

While she could only compete in the two first and last meets of the season this year, her efforts were instrumental. At Harvard-Yale, Chapman was third on the team and ninth overall. When she returned to lead her team at Heps, Chapman finished fourth on the team. She then earned a season best 6k time of 21:36 at the NCAA Northeast Regional meet, joining fellow frontrunners to best 27 other regional teams.

As she enters her final season of competition in indoor and outdoor track and field, Chapman will be remembered for the consistent effort she gave over the past four years.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity