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Barnes Leads Bulldogs at New England Championship

Emily Barnes. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Emily Barnes. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

BOSTON – A contingent of the Yale women's cross country team competed at the New England Championships this afternoon. The meet brought together a diverse number of teams across all three divisions, including some Ivy League teams. Though many of the team's top athletes took the week off in preparation for the upcoming, the athletes that competed help themselves up well, putting together a total of 519 points for 20th out of 35 total teams. 

The team was led by senior Emily Barnes, who made her debut this season with a time near her personal best. She clocked in at 18:45.4, good for 43rd amongst a field of over 230. Junior Rachel Jones was the second Bulldog across the finish line, improving upon her time at Harvard-Yale-Princeton with a time of 19:27.0 for 108th place. Running closely beside her was senior Jennie Callan, who finished with a time of 19:31.1. Meanwhile, the trio of sophomore Emily Kaplan and juniors Julia Borowski and Calleigh Higgins ran closely with each other to finish together with times of 19:39.16, 19:40.76 and 19:43.96, respectively. Kaplan made her collegiate debut for the cross country team while Higgins saw an improvement of almost 2 minutes on her 5K time. 

Though the team was not amongst the top teams at this meet, the Bulldogs did a spectacular job of running closely with other Behind Barnes, the remaining Bulldogs finished within 15 seconds of each other. The team overall has done a spectacular job of running as a unit through the class to get an overall better score. 

Next up for the Bulldogs is the highly anticipated Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, a meet that will surely draw a number of highly ranked teams from all across the nation. Details about this specific meet will be posted as the event draws closer. 

Results of today's meet can be found on the link above. 

Report by Ariel A. Sánchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity