Oct. 13, 2007
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Yale women's cross country team finished 20th with 518 points in the White Race Saturday morning at the NCAA Division I Pre-National Invitational, hosted by Indiana State University. Fellow Ivy League squad Princeton (currently No. 8 in the nation) won the White Race with 149 points, a surprising victory over other nationally ranked teams such as No. 2 Colorado and No. 6 Arizona State.
The Bulldogs were lead by senior captain Lindsay Donaldson, who finished the 6,000-meter course in 28th in 20:59.1. Sophomore Stephanie Pearl finished next for the Bulldogs in 85th place in 21:34.5. Sophomore Allyson Rinderle was the third Bulldog to cross the line, finishing in 114th place in 21:57.1. Nine seconds later it was senior Ingrid Sproll for Yale, who finished 133rd in 22:06.3. Senior Meredith Leenhouts ended the scoring for the Bulldogs, finishing 158th in 22:29.9.
While Yale's performance Saturday might have not drawn at-large bid points for a trip to the NCAA Cross Country Championships in November, Pre-Nationals most certainly provided valuable race experience going into the championship section of the season. This will be especially critical in two weeks, when Yale will compete against its Ivy League counterparts in the Heptagonal Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New York.
report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity