Yale Relay Team Wins 4x400
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs hosted the first meet of the indoor season at Coxe Cage on Saturday. The Yale Season Opener, also known as the Lidlifter Invitational, featured competitors from Manhattan, University of New Haven, Quinnipiac, Southern Connecticut State, and Trinity. The Bulldogs had some impressive finishes in the unscored meet, including their win in the 4x400 meter relay.
The 4x400 meter relay was the last women’s event of the day, after most of the runners had competed in other events. Yale’s A team won the relay in 3:57.05. Senior captain Faith Briggs led off on a strong first leg, followed by freshmen Allison Rue and Annalies Gamble. Senior Claudia Duncan anchored the team, finishing over 50 meters and eight seconds before the Southern Connecticut State team.
The Bulldogs actually fielded three 4x400-meter relay teams, which as Coach Mark Young, the Mark T. Young ’68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, said, “doesn’t happen a lot and shows the depth that we have in that distance.”
In the open 400-meter dash, Yale also had strong performances. Briggs came in second (58.68), followed by teammate Rue (1:00.89). Sophomore Gabriella Kelly finished fifth in 1:02.82 in the event, and junior Ana Marichal was eighth (1:04.60).
Earlier in the day, Duncan and Gamble both did very well in the 800-meter run; Duncan pulled away to finish first in 2:16.60 and Gamble came in second in 2:18.21.
In the 60-meter hurdles, freshman Dakota McCoy was fifth in 9.58 seconds, and Poggi was eighth in 11.19 seconds. (In the qualifying round, Poggi ran 9.57).
Sophomores Alexa Monti and Marieme Mbaye both competed well in the 60-meter dash; Monti finished third in 7.86, and Mbaye finished seventh in 8.06 (she qualified in 7.97).
The day started off at 9 a.m. with the field events. Junior Stephanie Scaramella came in second in the weight throw (13.76 meters) and in the shot put (11.62). Junior Eve King came in third in the long jump (4.96 meters). In the triple jump, sophomore Michele Simmons came in a close fourth with 10.06 meters. Yale did very well in the pole vault, as freshman Jenna Poggi came in second after clearing 3.35 meters. Senior Bailey Carroll was fifth in the field for clearing 3.20 meters. In the high jump, junior Emily Standish was third with 1.55 meters, and King was fourth with the same height.
Yale’s distance runners did not compete because they were being given a chance to recover from the rigorous end to the cross country season.
“It was a good work day,” said Coach Young. “We had a lot of new runners get the experience of college competition, and get a taste for it. It was a good opener.”
The Bulldogs will not compete again until near the end of winter break, when Yale hosts the College Invitational on Jan. 9.
Report by Kyle Eichner ’12, Yale Sports Publicity