Oct. 31, 2008
BRONX, N.Y. - The Yale women's cross country team competed at the Heptagonal Championship on Friday, Oct. 31st, at the historic Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New York. The Bulldogs finished eighth with 211 points. No. 4 Princeton won the team event with 17 points (one position away from a perfect score). Princeton standout Liz Costello won the individual title with a time of 16:59.9, setting a new Ivy League record both for total time and margin of victory in the process.
Senior captain Kelli Buck led the Bulldogs with a 31st place, 18:37.0 finish. Fellow senior Bevin Peters was second for the team in 42nd place (18:54.2). Freshman Jennifer Downing was third (56th place - 19:15.0), followed shortly by classmate Anne Lovelace (59th - 19:21.7). The scoring was closed by junior Alexandra Cadicamo, who finished 67th in 19:31.8.
The disparity in the Bulldogs' true places and their team score is due to the fact that many programs entered more than seven athletes. If the eighth, ninth, or tenth athlete for one school finishes before any of the "active" runners from another school, then the "extra" runners do not factor into scoring. For example, Kelli Buck's overall place was 31st; however, she scored 29 points because two runners ahead of her did not count.
The Bulldogs will compete next at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship, also hosted at Van Cortlandt Park, on Nov. 15th.