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Chau Earns Title of ECAC Champion

Jocelyn Chau. (photo courtesy Ivy League)
Jocelyn Chau. (photo courtesy Ivy League)

BOSTON -- The second day of competition proved to be just as successful as the first day for the Bulldogs at the ECAC Championship. First-year Jocelyn Chau led the team with her performance in the mile, winning the event in a time of 4:49.54. 

Building off the momentum from Saturday's performance, every athlete that competed in the finals earned points for Yale. Results from the event can be found here.

Yale started off the day of competition with a win as Chau edged out the field in the mile. Chau was able to double back from a stacked preliminary round and improve on her place from Saturday. In winning by less than a 10th of a second, she showed her determination and impressive closing speed, recording the fastest final lap in the field to earn herself the title of ECAC Champion. 

Chau was not the only Bulldog to record a podium finish in the mile: sophomore Kayley DeLay was close behind in third place. After a stellar breakthrough performance in which she improved on her best by more than 10 seconds yesterday, DeLay took to the track with confidence on Sunday. She crossed the line in 4:52.37, yet again running faster than her previous personal best heading into the weekend.

In the 800-meter run, first-year Samantha Friborg scored for the Bulldogs for the second straight weekend. Her performance of 2:10.46 earned her fifth place overall and scored four points.

The 1000-meter duo of junior Arianna Lord and sophomore Megan Quimby racked up another three points for Yale. Just as they did Saturday, Lord and Quimby finished within two seconds of each other. Quimby crossed the line in a time of 2:52.39, good for seventh place, and Lord wasn't far behind with a time of 2:53.61 for eighth place.

The conclusion of the ECAC Championship marks the end of the indoor track season for the Bulldogs. It was an appropriate end to the season, highlighted by impressive individual performances that included new lifetime bests and school records. The future of the indoor track program for Yale is bright as Chau, the newly minted ECAC Champion; sophomore Addison Coy, the second best all-time performer in the 500-meter run; and junior Lillian Enes, the new school record holder in the 400-meter, will all be returning to take the indoor track next year.

Until then, the Bulldogs will look to continue the momentum from the indoor season into the outdoor season, which will kick off with the Raleigh Relays on Mar. 30. 

Recap by Yale Sports Publicity.