March 18, 2010

Bulldogs Ready for Outdoor Competition

Compete at William and Mary on Saturday 

NEW HAVEN, Conn.  – After a successful indoor season that culminated with a seventh-place finish at the indoor ECAC Championships two weeks ago, the Bulldogs look primed for the outdoor season. Their first meet is the Tribe Invitational this Saturday, hosted by William and Mary. 

The distance events could be one of the Bulldogs’ strengths this outdoor season. Junior Kate Grace is the defending champion in the 800-meter run at outdoor Heptagonals. She has continued to perform well during indoor season, having ran an NCAA Division I provisional time, winning indoor Heptagonals for the second year in a row and placing second at ECACs. Senior Alex Cadicamo also looks ready to run a strong outdoor season after a huge PR and a third-place finish in the 3,000-meter run at ECACs. Senior Stephanie Pearl and sophomore Jennifer Downing may also contribute in the longer distances. Junior Liya Assefa, who ran on the distance medley relay team that qualified for ECACs, sophomore Anne Lovelace, who competed in the mile at Heptagonals, and freshman Caitlin Hudson should also continue to provide support for the distance relays. 

In the sprints, junior Claudia Duncan posted her fastest time in the 400-meter dash at ECACs and currently holds the record for Yale indoor. Freshman Annelies Gamble, who has consistently ran well on the distance medley relay and the 4x800-meter relay this past indoor season, also looks strong in both the middle sprints and distances. In the shorter sprints, the Bulldogs will look to sophomore Marieme Mbaye, freshman Adele Jackson-Gibson and sophomore Alexa Monti. Mbaye specializes in the 200-meter dash, while Jackson-Gibson had the seventh-fastest time in the 60-meter dash in the Ivy League heading into Heptagonals. Freshmen Jenna Poggi and Dakota McCoy will compete in the hurdles. The Bulldogs also have senior captain Faith Briggs, senior Stephany Reaves and freshman Allison Rue when fielding sprint relay teams. 

In the field events, junior Emily Standish has jumped as high 5’ 5’’ in the high jump in indoor. Junior Eve King, who placed fifth in the pentathlon at Heptagonals, can play a key role in multiple field events. In the jumps, Jackson-Gibson brings in a high school PR of 18'10 in the long jump and placed 10th at Heptagonals in the event, while senior Bailey Carroll and Poggi should continue to improve in the pole vault. The Bulldogs will look to junior Rachel Kuschner and freshman Antonia Renker in the throws; both competed in the weight throw at Heptagonals.

The women’s competition will start with the long jump at 11 a.m. and conclude with 4x400-meter relay at 5:20 p.m. A complete schedule can be found here. Results will be posted on TribeAthletics.com and Yalebulldogs.com after the meet.

Report by Miriam Cho ’13, Yale Sports Publicity

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