Oct. 5, 2008
ORONO, Maine. - The Yale women's cross country team competed Saturday, October 4, at the Murray Keatinge Invitational in Orono, Maine. The Bulldogs finished third (74 pts. -- ironically the same score Yale scored at this meet last year) in a very competitive race behind no. 20 Duke (46 pts.) and no. 25 Boston College (54 pts.). Kimberly Povac of New Hampshire won the 5,000-meter race in 18:05.38. The Bulldogs superb result was supported by strong performances from both expected and new sources.
Leading the Bulldogs was senior Bevin Peters, who finished third overall with a time of 18:09.69, a mere four seconds off the lead. Following Peters was junior Stephanie Pearl, who finished seventh in 18:16.10.
Interestingly, three members of the 4x800-meter relay team closed the Bulldogs' scoring. Senior captain Kelli Buck finished third for Yale with an 18:34.38, 20th place run. Finishing on her captain's shoulder was junior Stephanie Reaves, who made her varsity cross country breakthrough with a convincing 21st place, 18:34.40 performance. Senior Kathryn Schleckser was the fifth harrier for the Bulldogs; she finished 23rd in 18:40.54.
The Bulldogs will compete next at the New England Championships, which are hosted annually in Boston, Mass.
report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity