Fifteen to Join Cross Country/ Track and Field Teams

The Yale women's cross country team (photo by David McNamara '78).

Yale Welcomes the Class of 2018

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale women's cross country and track and field teams welcome 15 rookie runners to their ranks this year, making this freshmen class the largest in recent memory. The incoming athletes will train under the leadership of 2014 cross country captain, senior Hannah Alpert and 2014-15 track and field captain, senior Kira Garry.

In addition to Garry, the 2014 cross country team will also look to juniors Elizabeth McDonald and Emily Stark. All three athletes had successful outdoor campaigns, with Garry and Stark qualifying for the first round of the NCAA Championships. Sophomores Chandler Olson, Meredith Rizzo and Emily Waligurski, as well as seniors Hannah Alpert and Anna Demaree competed with the team's best at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships and the NCAA Regional meets. They will return as key athletes for the team's success. The Bulldogs will look to further their standing in both the Ivy League and the Northeast Region by relying on this strong core of returning athletes in addition to the freshmen class. 

Incoming athletes who had success in high school cross country and could make an immediate impact this fall include freshmen Clare Carroll, Claire Ewing-Nelson, Melissa Fairchild, Samantha Glass, Sarah Healy, Sofia Kane, Dana Klein and Kelli Reagan.

"I'm really excited about this incoming class of athletes," said Head Women's Cross Country Coach Amy Gosztyla. "It is the largest group of distance runners we've added to the program since my arrival. They will provide great depth to our front runners this fall and I believe they have the ability to help move us up the ranks in the Ivy League immediately."

In the spring, the track and field team will look to school record holders and seniors Emily Cable (400-meter dash) and Garry (3,000-meter steeplechase), in addition to junior Karleh Wilson (shot put) to continue its success. Junior Taylor Eldridge and freshman Kate Simon will also be valuable contributors in the throws, while senior Alicia Jordan will continue to excel as the team's star jumper. Senior Elle Brunsdale returns to compete as a multi-athlete in the heptathlon and pentathlon. In addition, junior hurdler Mackenzie Mathews and middle distance competitors, junior Shannon McDonnell and sophomores Delaney FitzPatrick and Frances Schmiede will provide depth for the program on the track. The Bulldogs welcome freshman Carolina Bowe, who enters the program as a short sprinter.   

Many of the same incoming cross country athletes also have the ability to make an impact on the track. Incoming freshmen athletes such as Calleigh Higgins, Shelby Mauchaline, Katherine Raphael and Han-ah Sumner will shine during the track and field season in the middle-distance events.

Read on for more information about the class of 2018.

Carolina Bowe, Wayzata, Minnesota/ Minnetonka High School

High School Bests:

100m -12.17

200m- 25.27

Shotput- 35'3"

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Clare Carroll, Folsom Calif./ Vista del Lago High School 

High School Bests:

1500m- 4:40

3200m- 10:35

5k (XC)- 17:24 

High School Accomplishments: In cross country, qualified for Footlocker Nationals two times…Fourth fastest freshman to ever compete on the California State Meet course…Placed second in Division I in 2010...Placed sixth in Division I in 2011…Ran on a team that placed second in Division III in 2011…Qualified for the California state championships in 2013 in the 3200m. 

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Claire Ewing Nelson, Blacksburg Va./ Blacksburg High School

Ezra Stiles College

High School Bests:

3200m- 10:49

1600m- 5:03

5K (XC)- 18:39

800m- 2:18 

High School Accomplishments: National Champion in the 4xmile relay (NBIN 2014)…All-American in the 4x800m relay (NBIN 2014)…All-American in the 4xmile relay (NBON 2014, 3rd Place)…Nike Cross Nationals Team Qualifier 2013…Two-time State Champion in the 4x800m relay (Outdoor 2013, Indoor 2014)…State Runner-Up in the 3200m (Indoor 2014)…First Team All-State Cross Country (2013)…Three-time all-State in the 1600m (indoor 2013, indoor and outdoor 2014)…All-State in the 3200m (Outdoor 2014, Bronze Medal)…Member of three state champion cross-country teams, three state champion indoor teams, one state champion outdoor team, and school record-holding 4x800m relay team.

Other Accomplishments: High school valedictorian…Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad Junior Crew Member…National Honor Society Vice-President. 

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Melissa Fairchild, Wrightwood, Calif./Serrano High School 

Branford College

High School Bests: 

1600m- 4:54

800m- 2:15

3200m- 10:57

3 Mile- 16:43 

High School Accomplishments: In cross country, four-time league champion...Placed in the top 10 in the Division 2 California Cross Country State Meet four years in a row (2011-2014)…In track and field, league champion in the 1600m, 800m, 3200m and 4x400m relay.

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Helen Gallogly, New York, N.Y./Middlesex School

Calhoun College 

High School Bests:

3000m- 10:55

5k (XC)- 19:21

High School Accomplishments: First place in 2014 New England Champions Div. III for the 3000m in track and field…10th Place in 2014 Cross-Country New England Div III. 

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Katrina Garry, Montauk, N.Y./Friends Academy

Berkeley College 

High School Bests:  

400 IH- 70.2

1500- 4:55

2k Steeplechase- 7:36

800m- 2:23

5k (XC)- 19:49

High School Accomplishments: State Champion in the 4x800m relay in 2012… Two-time all-state in the 4x800m relay (2012-2013)…All-Federation (2012)…All-Region for Seniors in cross country (2014)…New York State Sportsmanship Award winner 2014…News 12 Long Island Scholar Athlete 2014…Captain of cross country and track teams of Friends Academy.

Notes: Sister of 2014-15 track and field captain, Kira Garry '15, and daughter of Louisa Gerritz Garry '87. 

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Samantha Glass, Goshen, Conn./ The Hotchkiss School

Pierson College

High School Bests: 

1,500m- 4:40

3,000m-10:08

5,000m- 17:24

High School Accomplishments: In cross country, two-time Founder's League Champion (2012-2013)… All Founder's League (2009-2013)…All New England (2012-2013)…All Northeast Regionals Footlocker…Junior Olympic National Competitor in Nevada and Alabama…In track and field, All Founder's League (2010-2014)…All New England (2010-2014)…Junior Olympic National Competitor in Kansas.

Other Accomplishments: Cum laude 

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Sarah Healy, Wilton, Conn./Wilton High School 

Calhoun College

High School Bests:

800m- 2:19

1600m- 5:17

4k- 14:45

5k (XC)- 18:40

High School Accomplishments: In cross country, all-county and all-state (2012-2013)...In outdoor track, All-New England (2013)…Wilton High School's CIAC Scholar-Athlete 2014…Captain for senior year cross country, indoor track and outdoor track…Member of the school record-holding relay in the 4x800. 

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Calleigh Higgins, Ogdensburg, N.J./ Pope John XXIII High School

Silliman College

High School Bests: 

400m- 59.4

800m- 2:12.2

1,600m- 5:01

5k- 19:02 

High School Accomplishments: All American in the 1600m Medley Relay…Three-time Non Public A state champion in the 800m…New Jersey meet of champion medalist in cross country, 800m, and 4x400m relay…Pope John MVP in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track…Captain of Pope John track team…School record holder in 100m dash.

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Sofia Kane, Olympia, Wash./ Olympia High School

Davenport College

High School Bests:

5000m- 18:08

3200m- 10:39

1600m- 4:57

High School Accomplishments: Two-time District Champion in the 3200m…Second at State in the 3200m…League Champion in cross country…League Champion in the 3200m…Olympia High Outstanding Athlete Award. 

Other Accomplishments: National Merit Scholar…Phi Beta Kappa.

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Dana Klein, Flanders, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's School

Saybrook College

High School Bests: 

3200 meters - 10:33.21

1600 meters - 4:53.69

800 meters - 2:15.50

5000 meters (XC) - 18:07

High School Accomplishments: First place in the 3200m at NJSIAA Meet of Champions…Two time first team all-state (2013/2014 - XC/Indoor Track)…Ten Individual state titles (Non-Public B - XC (2), 800m (3), 1600m (3), 3200m (2))…Skyland Conference Champion  (XC (1), 1600m (2), 3200m (2))…Three-time Somerset County Runner of the Year…Three time First Team all Somerset County…Three time first team all Skyland Conference…Skyland Conference Scholar Athlete…14 school records.

Other Accomplishments: AP Scholar…National French Honor Society 

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Shelby Mauchaline, Algonac, Mich./Algonac High School

Berkeley College 

High School Bests:

400m dash- 1:01.7

200m dash- 26.64

Pole Vault- 10'6

800m run- 2:32.0

5,000m run- 20:09

High School Accomplishments: In 2012, Recipient of Track and Field Rookie of the Year AwardTrack and Field BWAC First Team All-League…In 2013, Track and Field Highest Point Scorer Overall and in Field Event…Track and Field BWAC First Team All-League…Division II All-State All-Academic…Recipient of Cross Country Most Valuable Player Award…Cross Country BWAC First Team All-League. In 2014, Recipient of Track and Field Coach's Award, Leadership Award, and Female Scholar.

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Katherine Raphael, Bloomington, Ind./ Bloomington High School North

Morse College 

High School Bests:

5K (XC) -18:18

800m- 2:14.30

1600m- 5:00.53

1 mile- 5:01.86

3200m- 11:07

3200m- relay 9:28 

High School Accomplishments: Indoor and outdoor track All-State…School record holder in outdoor 4x800m relay, 4x400m relay, 800m, and indoor 800m and 1600m…Nationals qualifier in 800m, 1600m, and 4x400m relay…Track and field captain. 

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Kelli Reagan, Corrales, N.M./ Saint Pius X High School 

Timothy Dwight College

High School Bests:

3,200m- 11:15

1,600m- 5:07

800m- 2:20

High School Accomplishments: In cross country, first place in the 4A State Championships in the fall of 2013…Member of the All-State XC team from 2012-2013…Recipient of the Gatorade New Mexico Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year Award. In track and field, ran on the first-place 1600m medley relay State Championship team in 2013… Placed third individually in the 3200m at the 2013 State Championships…Placed second in the 1600m and placed first in the 3200m at the 2014 State Championships…School record holder in both the 1600m and 3200m.

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Han-ah Sumner, Davis, Calif./Davis Senior High School

Berkeley College

High School Bests: 

800m- 2:15.16

400m- 58.45

200m- 26.34 

High School Accomplishments: Placed second in the Sac-Joaquin Section in 2013 in the 800m…Qualified for California State Championship meet…Track team captain…High School record holder in the 4x100m, 4x400m, 4x800m relays…Member of 4x400m relay team that ran 3:53.66 and placed first in the Sac-Joaquin Section in 2012…Member of distance medley relay team that placed first at Stanford Invitational in 2013. 

Other Accomplishments: National Merit Finalist in 2014…President of high school chapter of California Scholarship Federation…Excellence Degree member of National Forensic League…Principal Cellist of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra…Attended Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Piano Program.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity

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