Meet Will be a Glimpse into Heps Chances
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's track and field team will be traveling to Princeton, N.J., this weekend for the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet. The Ivy League schools meet every year during both the indoor and outdoor seasons, and hosting rotates between the three. The HYP meet is always a venue for intense competition, and it is the Bulldogs' last chance to compete before the Heptagonal Championships.
The Crimson and the Tigers both have strong teams, and the Bulldogs will have to work hard against their rivals. The Yale women showcased many of their strengths at the Giegengack Invitational last weekend, when several people qualified for ECAC Championships.
Junior Kate Grace pulled off an exciting win in the 800-meter run in 2:11.80 to qualify for ECACs. Both of the relay teams won their events and qualified for ECACs as well: first on Friday night the distance medley relay (Grace, senior Claudia Duncan, freshman Annalies Gamble and senior Liya Assefa finished in 11:47.22) and then on Saturday the 4x400 meter relay (Duncan, freshman Allison Rue, Gamble and Grace) finished in 3:52.54. Senior Alexandra Cadicamo also qualified for the ECACs in the 3,000-meter run (9:52.45).
Cadicamo should compete well again this weekend a long distance event. Yale will get to test its 4x400-meter relay team again - perhaps with slightly different substitutions - as well as a 4x800-meter relay team. Yale last competed in a 4x800 meter relay nearly three weeks ago at Dartmouth - another Ivy League Tri-meet. The performances of both teams will depend on who gets pulled to run in them; likely the same people will not run both, because the 4x8 will take place only 20 minutes after the 4x4.
Yale can also look to freshman Adele Jackson-Gibson, who has been steadily improving in the long jump as well as the sprints. At Giegengack she finished fourth in the long jump (5.56m) and third in the 200-meter dash, in which she missed qualifying for the ECACs by only .1 seconds. Other sprinters who should be strong include sophomores Marieme Mbaye and Alexa Monti.
Freshman Jenna Poggi has also been performing consistently in the pole vault (last weekend she was fourth with 3.20m), and junior Emily Standish has been improving in the high jump (third in the high jump at 1.60m).
The HYP meet will begin at 10 a.m. with field events, and running events begin at noon. A complete schedule of events can be found here. Results will be posted at the end of the day at YaleBulldogs.com.
Report by Kyle Eichner, Yale Sports Publicity