Sept. 13, 2008
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Yale women's cross country team opened the season in style Saturday afternoon with both individual and team victories at the Fairfield Invitational.
The Bulldogs won the team title with 24 total points, defeating the closest challenger (Rhode Island) by a impressive 41-point margin. Fordham was third with 74 points. In cross country scoring, the top five runners from each team contribute points via their respective finish in the race, with the lowest score winning.
Junior Stephanie Pearl claimed her first collegiate cross country individual victory with an 18:49.54 performance. Following closely was senior Bevin Peters, who finished second in 18:52.25. Senior 10,000-meter specialist Claire Leatherwood finished third for the Bulldogs and fifth overall in 19:11.18. Freshmen Madelin Adams and Anne Lovelace closed out the scoring for the Bulldogs with ninth and tenth place finishes, crossing the line in 19:28.18 and 19:30.81 respectively.
Adams and Lovelace were only the first two of a pack of seven Bulldogs that finished between ninth and 15th. Senior captain Kelli Buck, freshman Jennifer Downing and juniors Allyson Rinderle, Stephany Reaves and Alexandra Cadicamo finished 11th through 15th with a spread of 20 seconds (from 19:32.84 to 19:52.67) to put an exclamation point on a dominating performance.
The Bulldogs will compete next against Harvard and Princeton in the annual "HYP" tri-meet, held this year on the Yale Golf Course in New Haven, Conn., on September 27.
report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity