December 7, 2006

Donaldson Named Captain at Annual Banquet

Dec. 7, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Junior Lindsay Donaldson (Lincoln, Mass.) has been named captain of the Yale women's cross country team for 2007. Donaldson was selected by a team vote and announced as captain at the team's annual banquet Monday night. She also won the John P. Cleary, Michael C. Stanley Class of 1954 award, which is given for performance, commitment and dedication.

Donaldson is a five-time All-American in cross country and track and field, placing third (20:42.7) at the NCAA Cross Country Championship Nov. 20. That tied for the third-best finish ever by an Ivy League woman and also earned her a spot as a finalist for the Honda Sports Award.

In addition to her All-America finish this year, Donaldson also earned All-America honors as a freshman with a sixth-place finish (20:40) at the NCAA Championship in 2004. She had the best finish of any freshman in the race.

Donaldson, who also has three top-eight finishes at NCAA Regionals to her credit, was Heps champion this past season (17:05.4) and was runner-up the two previous years. That makes her a three-time All-Ivy selection in cross country.

Donaldson's other All-America honors came in the 3,000m (fourth place, 2005) and the mile (seventh place, 2006) in indoor track and the 5,000m (sixth place, 2005) in outdoor track.

Also a standout in the classroom, Donaldson has been named Academic All-Ivy each of the past two falls. She was also second team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American last spring.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity