The Yale Women appear to be on the rise. In the last two HepsXC Championships, the Bulldogs have finished 8th and 6th. This year, they not only return their #2 – #8 runners, but have also added in three freshmen to their championship roster. With a new group of talented women taking on scoring roles, the Bulldogs will look to continue their upward trend and break into the top half of the league for the first time in several years.
One of the greatest strengths of the Bulldog’s team this season has been their solid 1-2 punch, featuring junior Frances Schmiede and sophomore Dana Klein. At the D1 Pre-National Meet, they finished 57th and 61st, respectively, to lead their team to a 14th place finish ahead of Ivy rivals Cornell and Brown. If these two ladies can continue their breakout seasons and improve up last year’s Heps finishes– Klein finished 38th while Schmiede was back in 67th – the Bulldogs will surely be in the hunt for a top half finish.
Several other Bulldogs have shown consistent improvement so far this season. Junior Emily Waligurski and sophomore Kelli Reagan have both been in the Top 5 at each of the team’s three varsity races, demonstrating the consistency and reliability that will be needed on the course tomorrow. Also stepping up and contributing for the first time in their careers has been a trio of freshmen: Andrea Masterson, Gabrielle Rinne, and Ellie Atkinson. If one of those three ladies can produce a solid performance as the 5th runner, the Bulldogs will be in great shape to impress tomorrow.
– Rachel Sorna
photo by Brian Panoff