NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's cross country team will send a contingent of athletes to Boston to compete at the New England Championships this weekend. Taking place at the Franklin Park course, the 126th New England Championship features a range of cross country teams spanning all three collegiate divisions. Following last week's momentous victory at the Paul Short Run, No. 17 Yale will most likely choose to rest its top athletes as they are gearing up to run at next week's Nuttycombe Wisconsin meet. Instead, this meet offers the perfect occasion for more inexperienced members on the team who did not race last week to compete.
The Bulldogs have historically done very well at this meet, taking third place twice over the past three years. At last year's meet, the top five scorers finished over a spread of just slightly above 20 seconds. Most notably, Emily Barnes finished 37th overall in a field of over 200 runners, and she will get the opportunity to improve upon this mark this upcoming weekend. Other athletes returning to this meet again include junior Julia Borowski and Katrina Garry, as well as seniors Jennie Callan and Rachel Jones. The other three athletes that will most likely compete, junior Calleigh Higgins, sophomore Emily Kaplan and freshman Hannah Steffke, will be making their debuts both at this meet and on the Franklin Park course, an experience that will be crucial going forward.
Franklin Park is a familiar sight for many of the returning athletes, as it is where the Northeast Regional championship and Harvard-Yale-Princeton were held last season. It may be easy to forget the depth of this team given how successful the team's top athletes have been, but the No. 17 Bulldogs will look to prove this depth as these impressive athletes compete against more than 30 other schools that run the gamut of all three collegiate divisions.
The women's varsity race will take place at 11:45 a.m. this Saturday morning. Results will be posted as soon as they become available that day.
Report by Ariel A. Sánchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity