First Home Meet of the Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This Saturday Yale will host Harvard for the annual dual meet between the two rivals. The events will take place Saturday afternoon at the Cuyler Field-Dwyer Track complex. This is the Bulldogs' first home meet of the season, and will be their last small meet.
Last year Harvard-Yale was in Cambridge, where the Cantabs won the meet with 101 points to Yale's 61. Hopefully the Bulldogs will even the playing field on their home track. As in other small meets, more of the runners will get the chance to participate in more events.
Yale has many encouraging prospects to work with from the last two weekends' results. Junior Kate Grace will obviously lead the team in performing well as she trains to hopefully compete at a national level later in the season. Grace raced in the 400-meter dash last week and finished second with a time that nearly qualified for the ECACs – very impressive for a middle-distance runner. The weekend before, at Princeton, Grace won the 800-meter run (her signature event) and set a school record during her 1,500-meter run win.
Senior Alexandra Cadicamo has been posting ever-improving times in distance events such as the 1,500-meter run and the 5,000-meter run (for which she qualified for ECACs).
Sophomore Anne Lovelace is a force to be reckoned with in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and should be competing in it this weekend.
In the hurdles, freshman Dakota McCoy will be taking on other competitors; last weekend she finished third in the 400-meter hurdles (1:05.81) and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.88).
In field events, freshman Antonia Renker and junior Rachel Kuschner take care of throwing events, while freshman Jenna Poggi and senior Bailey Carroll will be pole vaulting. Junior Eve King, freshman Adele Jackson-Gibson and sophomore Emily Standish will compete in the jumps.
In the sprints, Yale will look to Jackson-Gibson and the sophomore trio of Marieme Mbaye, Alexa Monti and Emily Shulan. The four have been posting close times in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. In the 4x100 meter relay, they are often joined by senior captain Faith Briggs, who serves as anchor.
Junior Claudia Duncan won the 400-meter dash at Princeton two weeks ago. Duncan, who competed at ECACs in the winter and competed at NCAAs indoors in the 500-meter dash last year, is a crucial component of Yale's relay teams.
Field events will begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday, and running events will begin at 1 p.m. Buses will run from Payne Whitney Gymnasium every half hour. 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 '12, Yale Sports Publicity