JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - During day two of the NCAA east regional, the Yale women's track and field team had athletes competing in the quarterfinals of both the 800 meters and the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Against the top athletes in the east region, both Samantha Friborg and Kayley DeLay held their own in hot and humid conditions.
After an incredible personal best of 2:05.92 in Thursday's first round of the 800 meters, Friborg ran her second race in as many days, crossing the finish line in 2:08.64 and narrowly missing out on qualifying for NCAA nationals. In a field including talented athletes like this year's NCAA runner-up at indoor nationals, Friborg was the second first-year to finish in the quarterfinals and ended her season as Yale's second fastest 800 meter runner all-time, behind only Olympian Kate Grace '11. However, the season isn't over for the rookie phenom as she will represent Yale at the historic Harvard-Yale Oxford-Cambridge competition this June.
In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, DeLay also finished in the top half of the field, just a few places shy of punching her ticket to Austin for nationals. Finishing sixth in her heat, DeLay ran her third-fastest time ever and clocked an impressive 10:23.82 to finish 20th overall and sixth in her heat. Like Friborg, the Jacksonville native will continue her season with the Bulldogs as they travel to England to compete later in the summer.
After the conclusion of day two, the Bulldogs have one athlete still set to race, as Jocelyn Chau is slated to compete in Saturday's 1500 meter quarterfinal at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time.
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