BRONX, N.Y. – The Yale women's cross country team fired up its 2016 cross country season with a win at the Fordham Fiasco this afternoon. The team put together a solid performance, putting together only 44 points, with the three of the runners placing among the top 10 and the rest following shortly thereafter. Monmouth University placed second with 57 points, and Manhattan College placed third with 120 points. Needless to say, the 12 athletes that competed for the Bulldogs today blew away the competition at their first contest of the season.
Junior Katherine Raphael led the team by taking second place with a time of 19:21.14 slightly over 6:13 minutes per mile over the hilly 5K course at Van Cortlandt Park. Not far behind her, the remaining four scoring runners finished in a tight pack, led by junior Sarah Healy, who crossed the line in eighth place in 19:37.50. Sophomore Kate Zendell was just a few steps behind her, finishing tenth with a time of 19:40.21. Freshman Kate Chapey made her debut this afternoon for the Bulldogs with a time of 19:43.13, good for 11th place. Recruit Rachel Suss rounded out the scoring athletes, coming in 13th with a time of 19:49.56.
Yet the remaining seven athletes on the team also performed well this afternoon, with all 12 runners finishing in the top half of the race. Freshman Jane Miller had a particularly strong debut, only a few seconds behind Suss with a time of 19:52.04 to place a respectable 15th. Junior Julia Borowski and senior Chandler Olson both finished in the top third, 29th and 31st, respectively, with times of 20:23.52 and 20:31.70, respectively.
Juniors Jennie Callan, Katrina Garry and Calleigh Higgins, as well as freshman Hannah Steffke rounded out the remaining of the Bulldogs. Though there were no personal bests on this fairly hot and sunny day, all of the athletes opened up the season with fairly strong performances. Both Higgins and Steffke made their debuts on the tough Van Cortlandt Park trails.
Next up for the Bulldogs will be the much anticipated Harvard-Yale-Princeton in New Jersey this coming weekend. The rest of the recruits as well as the remainder of the team is expected to make their season debuts at this meet.
Full results of the meet can be found on the link above.
Report by Ariel A. Sánchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity