Oct. 17, 2008
UNIVERSITY PARK, Penn. - The Yale women's track and field team competed Friday, Oct. 17 at the Penn State National, hosted by the Nittany Lions of Penn State on their home Blue and White Golf Course. The Bulldogs finished tied for 13th place (391 pts.) with Great Lakes Region no. 14 Kent State. No. 7 West Virginia dominated the team event, scoring a very low 40 pts. The Mountaineers were followed by Penn State (83 pts.) and Wake Forest (136 pts.). The individual title was won by Guelph senior Lindsay Carson, who completed the 6,000-meter course in 20:07.
The effort for Yale was lead by senior captain Kelli Buck, who finished 63rd in 22:08. Finishing immediately on her heels was junior Stephanie Pearl, who finished a mere three seconds back (22:08) in 64th place. Senior Bevin Peters was third Bulldog to finish (22:13, 69th place), with freshman Jennifer Downing fourth for the team (22:45, 91st place).
The fifth-man position was hotly contested in this race, with both freshman Anne Lovelace and senior Claire Leatherwood finishing in 23:00. However, Lovelace edged out her teammate, and was awarded 104th place, with Leatherwood taking 105th.
The Bulldogs collectively finished the race with a five-man race average of 22:26 and a spread of 55 seconds. In a slightly less competitive setting, such as the Heptagonal Championship on Oct. 31, (though there will still be nationally ranked teams present) this is a very promising statistic, as the Bulldogs will be able to stack numerous place finishes close to one another.
As mentioned above, the Bulldogs will compete next at the Heptagonal Championship, hosted annually on the legendary Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New York, on Oct. 31.
report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity