28th Annual Invitational
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale track and field teams are hosting the 28th Intercollegiate Track Classic this coming Saturday in a traditional effort to start the spring semester with a bang. It has been five weeks since the Bulldogs last hosted a competition at Coxe Cage, and they are ready to return from winter break with enthusiasm.
Like the Lidlifter Invitational, the College Invitational will be unscored, and no Ivy League rivals will be present. The Bulldogs will have a chance to hone their strengths as they head into the indoor season.
In the sprints, sophomores Alexa Monti and Marieme Mbaye performed well in the 60-meter dash at Lidlifter, and the two of them should continue to finish well in the sprints.
At the Lidlifter Invitational, Yale had a particularly good showing in the 4x400 meter relay. The A team, which consisted of senior captain Faith Briggs, freshmen Alison Rue and Annalies Gamble and senior Claudia Duncan, won the event in 3:57.05. Yale also fielded two other 4x400-meter relay teams, which testifies to the team’s depth in that distance.
Briggs and Rue also performed well in the 400-meter dash; all four of these women should prove to be strong competitors in that distance this weekend.
In longer events, Duncan and Gamble proved that they could also compete in the 800-meter run. Duncan was All-East in the 400-meter dash last year, and she should be someone to watch in middle distances, as should freshman Gamble.
Junior Kate Grace, All-American in the 800-meter, could be back to compete for the first time this season, and could run any of a number of events this weekend.
Distance runners like sophomore Anne Lovelace and senior Stephanie Pearl should be back to compete in the mile and 3k.
Last year Yale won the distance medley relay and the 4x800 meter relay at the College Invitational, and the Bulldogs will hope to continue performing well in those events.
In the field events, junior Stephanie Scaramella competed well in the shot put and the weight throw at Lidlifter. Freshman Jenna Poggi should post good heights in the pole vault again this weekend.
Events will begin at 9 a.m. with the weight throw, and continue until 5 p.m., when the 4x400-meter relay will close out the day. A complete schedule of events can be found here.
Fans can catch a bus to Coxe Cage from Payne Whitney Gymnasium every 15 minutes.
Report by Kyle Eichner ’12, Yale Sports Publicity