No. 27 Yale Faces Off Against Nation's Best at Wisco
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale women's cross country team heads to Wisconsin this Friday for its biggest meet yet: the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational. The Nuttycombe Invite brings together some of the best runners across the nation. In fact, more than half of the nation's top-30 ranked teams will descend upon the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course in a race of more than 30 teams.
Among them are No. 3 New Mexico and No. 5 Stanford in addition to teams hailing from all over the country. This meet is crucial as No. 27 Yale prepares for championship season kicking into high gear with the Heptagonal Championships. The Bulldogs will toe alongside their major competitors vying for nationals: No. 8 Providence and Columbia, both ranked in the top three for the Northeast Region. It will also be a preview for the Heptagonal Championships in two weeks, as four of eight Ivies will compete (Columbia, Harvard and Penn, in addition to the Bulldogs).
The B race will go off first on Friday at 11:20 a.m., with the varsity women's race following at 12:20 p.m.
Leading up to this point, No. 27 Yale has had a successful season, after besting Harvard at HYP and taking second at the Panorama Farms meet. Among the varsity women to look out for, junior Andrea Masterson has proven herself to be an important leader on the course. She's been the top finisher at both meets and will likely continue this streak. Yet first years Kayley DeLay and Sevanne Ghazarian have also both had strong starts to the season. DeLay finished second overall at HYP with a strong performance.
A key aspect for this meet is how the Bulldogs fare in a competitive field. HYP was a tri-meet, while in Panorama Farms, Yale was one of the stronger teams there. At the Nuttycombe Invite, the Bulldogs will be one among dozens of fast teams. What helped contribute to the 2016 team was a tight spread among the scorers on the team, and this will likely be an aspect the team will look to develop.
There will be a livestream of the event on FloTrack through the following link (subscription required). There will also be live results at this link.
Preview by Ariel A. Sanchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity