Nov. 21, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's cross country team will compete at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y. This meet will be the Bulldogs final showing in cross country this year.
The ECAC championship is positioned awkwardly in the cross country schedule, only two days before the NCAA national championship. With this in mind, programs or individuals that have qualified to run in Terre Haute do not run a full roster at ECAC's or the men's equivalent, the IC4A championship. However, an ECAC championship is by no means a free championship. Very capable teams from William and Mary, Duke and Villanova enter annually.
The Bulldogs have historically done very well at this meet despite regularly sending their elite runners to run at nationals simultaneously. Last year Yale finished fifth in this meet (154 pts.) with only five runners, meaning that if one runner has a "bad day", that score will still count in the team standing. The last team title the Bulldogs won at ECAC's was in 2003, and the last individual to win the event for Yale was Katherine McKinstry '07 in 2005.
The Bulldogs will enter this meet with a full-strength roster, which could potentially do significant damage at this meet against weakened rosters. Further playing in Yale's favor is the fact that ECAC's will be hosted at Van Cortlandt Park, the Bulldogs' third straight meet there. While the women did not have a fantastic Heptagonal Championship, they certainly made an effort to bury that memory with an inspired run at Regionals the next week. Perhaps this time the Bulldogs will leave the Bronx with a team title and All-East honors.
The race will begin at 10:15 a.m. Results will be posted once they are available.
report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity