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No. 21 Bulldogs Sweep CCSU Mini Meet, Shepherd Finishes Third

Katherine Raphael. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Katherine Raphael. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – No. 21 Yale had a pair dominating performance at the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Mini Meet, taking home the gold in both the Varsity and JV races by wide margins. In the Varsity race, freshman Gemma Shepherd led the team by finishing third, a big part of the Bulldogs' 25-point performance. Boston College was runner-up with 105 points, and New Hampshire took third with 115 points. Meanwhile, freshman Jane Miller won the JV race, definitely a huge part in the team's 26-point victory. New Hampshire took second with 31 points, and Boston College took third with 106 points. 

All around, the team's performances this afternoon demonstrate the sheer depth of this year's cross country squad. It is true that the top athletes have had fabulous performances all season, including victories at both Harvard-Yale-Princeton and the Paul Short Run. Yet the women right behind them have also done well in their own right, taking victories in the opening Fordham Fiasco and now the CCSU Mini Meet. To win by such a commanding margin is a victory in and of itself, and to do it in both Varsity and JV bodes well for the future of Yale women's cross country. 

"I'm thrilled with how the team is coming together in every training group, which ultimately allowed us to have successful team performances in both the varsity and the JV races," said women's Cross Country Coach Amy Gosztyla of the day's performances. "I'm excited to put together these team efforts with those that raced last weekend at Wisconsin. We're ready to go for the championship season." 

At this meet, the women ran a shorter 3k distance, a definite change of pace for the team. Yet this suited freshman Shepherd well, an expert in these distances. The freshman phenom is no stranger to these distances, boasting a nationally ranked time for this distance on the track. Shepherd crossed the finish line in third with a time of 10:12.82. Right behind Shepherd was a tight pack of Bulldogs that easily swept fourth-through-seventh place. Juniors Katherine Raphael and Melissa Fairchild ran right behind each other's heels, finishing fourth and fifth with times of 10:22.13 and 10:22.20, respectively. Junior Sarah Healy and senior Emily Barnes also finished together in sixth and seventh places with times of 10:23.10 and 10:24.21. Senior Chandler Olson and freshman Lauren Chapey also had fine performances, closing out for the Bulldogs with tenth-- and 15th-place finishes with times of 10:26.33 and 10:34.17. 

Meanwhile, Miler took home first place uncontested with a time of 10:45.53. Sophomores Emily Kaplan and Kate Zendell also had outstanding performances, finishing third and fifth with times of 10:53.35 and 11:02.56. Juniors Jennie Callan and Julia Borowski sealed the Bulldogs' win with eighth- and tenth-place finishes, respectively. Overall, the team put together just 26 points for the win. 

This was the last meet of the season for the majority of the team as the team enters championship season. However, the top 12 runners will represent the team at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship next weekend. More details will be posted in the following week concerning the athletes who will be involved the team's chances going forward. 

Full results can be found at the link above.


Report by Ariel A. Sánchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity.