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Schmiede Closes Collegiate Career at Nationals

Frances Schmiede. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Frances Schmiede. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

EUGENE, Ore. – Senior Frances Schmiede wrapped up the year of competition for the women's track and field team at the NCAA National Championship tonight, ending a prodigious collegiate career in the semifinal of the 1,500-meter run. 

Schmiede faced the top middle-distance runners in the nation, running in the first of two heats of the semifinal. Through the first 1,100 meters, Schmiede was well in the pack in contention of finishing in the top five. She was running near-season best form, and still managed to earn the second-fastest time of her collegiate career at 4:15.70. Despite not advancing to the final, Schmiede ran the ninth-fastest time of the evening, which is a commendable feat at such a prestigious competition. 

With tonight's result, Schmiede, the first Yale woman to compete in Nationals since 2011, closes a strong collegiate career as the school record holder in the outdoor 1,500-meter run. The women's track and field season also comes to a close. 

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