Six First-Place Finishes for the Bulldogs
HANOVER, N.H. - Yale traveled north to Big Green territory to battle both them and the Lions in the Annual Columbia-Dartmouth-Yale Tri-meet. The contest was fairly evenly matched, overall. Yale came in second with 54 points, behind Columbia with 75 points, and just ahead of Dartmouth's 52. Six first-place finishes by various Bulldogs significantly helped the team to that finish.
The meet began with field events, and Yale posted good results in the pole vault and shot put. Freshman Jenna Poggi and senior Bailey Carroll tied for fourth place in the pole vault, with a height of 3.20 meters, just barely nudged out of third by Dartmouth's Hannah Raila. Poggi's finish allows her to join Carroll on the All-Time Indoor Top 10 List in the event. In the shot put, junior Rachel Kuschner came in third with a distance of 9.61 meters, while freshman Antonia Renker was not far behind as she posted a 9.14m.
Yale's best finish in jumps was Adele Jackson-Gibson's second-place in the long jump with 5.44 meters - not so far behind the Columbia winner's 5.52m. It was her first time competing in the event for Yale.
The Bulldogs followed this opening with great performances in the dashes. Yale dominated the 60-meter dash. Jackson-Gibson gave her second great performance of the day when she won the dash in 7.96 seconds. Sophomore Emily Shulan came in right behind her in 8.08 seconds, followed soon by sophomore Marieme Mbaye in 8.17. Sophomore Alexa Monti rounded out the Yale team by finishing fifth in 8.22.
The first dash followed immediately after the 60-meter hurdles, in which freshmen Poggi and Dakota McCoy finished fourth and seventh, respectively (9.50 and 9.73).
The 200-meter dash was almost as exciting as the 60-. Shulan won the event for the bulldogs in 26.45, proving that she can impress the spectators more than once in a day. Monti finished close behind in 26.93 for third place, and behind them were Mbaye in seventh (27.40) and McCoy in 11th (28.63).
Yale continued to do well in middle distance. Yale put only one competitor in the 400-meter dash, but freshman Allison Rue comported herself well even without any teammates, as she finished third in 59.34. Two Bulldogs competed in the 500-meter dash, but they competed in different heats and so couldn't help one another; nevertheless, both finished strong. Senior Claudia Duncan, who holds the school record in the dash (1:13.31) finished at this meet in 1:15.34 to win it, and freshman Annalies Gamble's time was not far off: 1:16.57 for third place, as well as a spot on Yale's All-Time Indoor Top 10 List.
In the 800-meter run, senior Stephany Reaves finished only .34 seconds behind the Dartmouth winner to earn a 2:18.56 second place, and freshman Caitlin Hudson finished fourth in 2:21.24. The 1000-meter run was also stacked with a veteran and some strong freshmen. All-American junior Kate Grace won the run in 2:52.36, barely ahead of Columbia senior Lachesis. Freshmen Elizabeth Marvin and Tori Flannery came in sixth (3:07.3) and ninth (3:10.88), respectively.
As distances got longer, Yale continued to prove its endurance. The mile run showcased a Bulldog from each year. Freshman Nihal Kayali battled Dartmouth and Columbia women for a third-place finish in 5:01.55. Senior Stephanie Pearl, junior Liya Assefa and sophomore Jennifer Downing came in sixth, seventh and eighth behind her.
The final run of the day was the 3000-meter, and for the second meet in a row senior Alexandra Cadicamo won the event and set a new personal record (this time 10:00.87 - a good four seconds faster than her last run). Freshman Phoebe Gaston finished fifth in the run in 11:00.82.
Veterans of the team proved their worth in great competitions today, but an amazing number of freshmen also showed their talents and what they can do. It's still the beginning of the season, and everyone will continue to improve beyond what they showed they can perform today.
Yale will compete again next weekend at the BU Terrier Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass.
Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity