NEW HAVEN, Conn. – At their annual banquet over the weekend, the Yale women's cross country team elected junior Kelli Reagan as the captain for the 2017 season. She is an economics major from Corrales, N.M., and a member of Timothy Dwight College.
Reagan is ecstatic after being chosen as captain, stating, "I am incredibly honored and humbled to have been selected to represent such an outstanding and talented group of women. This program has truly defined my time at Yale, and the opportunity to lead a team of our caliber is an absolute privilege."
Aside from the dynamic duo of Frances Schmiede and Emily Waligurski, no one had as consistent and successful a season as Reagan. The junior finished regularly as a scorer for the team. At the Paul Short Run, for example, she had her best performance of the year with a 13th place with a time of 20:24.9, the third to finish for the Bulldogs. She improved by an astounding margin on her time at the course at Van Cortlandt Park from 21:58.9 in 2015 to 21:15.3 at the Northeast Regional Championship this past October. At that meet, Reagan was just a few seconds and two positions away from receiving All-Region honors. Elsewhere throughout the season, Reagan has shown herself to be a formidable member of what has been the strongest Yale cross country team in more than a decade.
As Reagan herself remarks, "The past cross country season was an exceptionally special one for us, as having the opportunity to represent Yale at the National Championships has been a long term goal of our program."
During the 2015 season Reagan helped the team earn its first second-place finish at the Heptagonal Championships in more than a decade with a masterful performance to finish third for the Bulldogs. She also helped secure the team's respectable fifth-place finish at the Northeast Regional, a team-best performance at the time.
"Over the past three years, I have been blessed with the leadership of truly wonderful captains and teammates. Frances led the team with remarkable grace and poise this season, and her example and ability were absolutely essential to our team's successes. Our season was entirely based upon our 'pack' mentality, and I hope to continue to promote the culture of camaraderie and dedication that has been so inspiring for all of us."
Reagan is happy to have been part of a great season but still wants to look forward for the team's future on the national stage. She closed her remarks, saying, "I am beyond excited for next fall, and believe that with good training and focus we will have the ability to continue establishing our program at the national level."
Report by Ariel A. Sánchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity