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Kayali Posts New Best Mark at Penn Relays

Nihal Kayali. (photo by Tim O'Dowd)
Nihal Kayali. (photo by Tim O'Dowd)

Ten Bulldogs Compete in Philadelphia

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This Thursday concluded the Yale's first day of competition at the Penn Relays. Ten Bulldogs made the trip to Philadelphia to compete in the large meet, which includes divisions for masters and high school runners. Though those participating had to first meet steep entry standards, the day brought notable accomplishments for a few individuals of women's track and field.

As Yale's only contender in the 3,000-meter run, senior Nihal Kayali placed fourth out of 21 runners. Her time of 9:29.39 is the best she has claimed in the race in her four years of competition. Though Kayali already holds a spot on the top-ten lists, her new time allows her to move up the eighth place position.

Yet another best time was won by senior Elizabeth Marvin in the 5,000-meter run. She placed seventh in the race, finishing in 16:35.16 Junior Liana Epstein and freshman Emily Stark also participated in the long-distance event, posting times of 16:46.50, and 16:45.90, respectively. 

Sophomore Kira Garry represented her team in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, placed thirteenth at 10:54.58. The event is one Garry saw marked success in her freshman year. Meanwhile—competing in a 4x400-meter relay race only for Ivy League schools—four Bulldogs claimed a time of 3:58.96. Junior Kelsey Lin, freshman Shannon McDonnell, and seniors Jenna Poggi and Allison Rue each ran one leg of the race.

Finally, as the sole Bulldog to compete in a field event on Thursday, freshman Karleh Wilson claimed a mark of 13.45m (44-1.5) in the shot put. She placed seventeenth out of 32 athletes.

The meet will continue tomorrow, at which time the men's track and field team qualifiers will race, as well as sophomore Alisha Jordan in the triple jump.  Results and a complete schedule are available at the meet website:

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity