Yale Wins 400-meter dash, 800-meter Run 1,500-meter Run
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Bulldogs closed out a big day at the Sam Howell Invitational on Saturday with several more wins. After an auspicious opening on Friday night, with wins by junior Kate Grace and sophomore Anne Lovelace, the team continued to do well, with wins in three other events and strong performances all around.
In the 100-meter dash, freshman Adele Jackson-Gibson finished fifth in 12.32, while a sophomore trio finished together after her: Emily Shulan (12.64), Marieme Mbaye (12.66) and Alexa Monti (12.83). In the 200-meter dash, Duncan finished third in 25.06. Jackson-Gibson finished sixth (25.39). Mbaye, Shulan and Monti finished in 25.90, 25.94 and 27.10, respectively.
Senior Claudia Duncan won the 400-meter dash in fine form during the afternoon, finishing in 55.44. Freshman Allison Rue came in ninth in 58.71.
Grace won her signature event, the 800-meter run, in 2:09.94, nearly two seconds ahead of her nearest competitor (she was followed by two Princeton runners).
Yale did very well in the 1,500-meter run: junior Liya Assefa won the event in 4:47.57, and sophomore Jennifer Downing came in right behind her in second place in 4:49.63. Senior Stephany Reaves also competed in the event at finished in 4:57.82.
Freshman Dakota McCoy competed for Yale in the 400-meter hurdles and earned tenth place in 1:05.91.
Yale's 4x100-meter relay team finished in third place, following Princeton (46.86) and Rutgers (46.94). Harvard was fifth. Yale's team consisted of Jackson-Gibson, Duncan, Mbaye and senior captain Faith Briggs.
Yale also finished third in the 4x400 meter relay. The team of Duncan, Rue, Briggs and Grace finished in 3:50.23, behind Harvard (3:48.29) and Manhattan (3:48.52). Yale's B team (freshman Annalies Gamble, McCoy, freshman Jenna Poggi and junior Eve King) finished in 4:11.43.
Junior Emily Standish competed in the high jump (1.55m). Junior Eve King competed in the long jump (4.78m). Senior Bailey Carroll competed in the pole vault (3.10m). Entering an unconventional event for Yale, freshman Emily Anderberg and King both competed in the javelin throw; Anderberg threw 29.94m and King threw 24.60m. In the women's hammer throw, freshman Antonia Renker and junior Rachel Kuschner through 33.37 and 30.68 respectively. In the discus throw, Renker threw 34,20m, Kuschner threw 32,86m and freshman Natalie Wedell threw 30.19m.
The Bulldogs will competing again at Princeton next weekend against the host school and Penn.
Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity