Lovelace Wins Steeplechase at First Day of Penn Relays
Cadicamo Fifth in 3,000-meter Run
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Seven Yale track and field athletes competed at the 166th Annual Penn Relays on Thursday. At one of the biggest and most historic track meets in the world – drawing more than 22,000 entries and more than 100,000 spectators over three days – Yale was able to show its strengths.
Sophomore Anne Lovelace won the College Women's 3000-meter steeplechase in 10:38.21, over 2 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor. This is a new personal best for Lovelace, and is Yale's second-fastest time in the event (the school record is 10:29.40 set in 2004). Lovelace had already qualified for NCAA Regionals, but this time is also under the mark. The field of 19 was packed at the beginning, and Lovelace hung in the front of the crowded group, around fourth or fifth. By midway through the race she was running at the very front of the pack with the earlier leader, and then by around 7:40 she had pulled far ahead of the rest of the group, keeping a steady pace as she won by about 20 meters. Full results and a video of the event are available here.
Senior Alexandra Cadicamo finished fifth in the 3,000-meter Championship in 9:44.27, right behind a Cornell runner. That is also a new personal best for Cadicamo, and places her on Yale's top-ten all-time list. Full results and a video of the event are available here.
In the 4x100 meter relay, Yale finished 61st out of 95 schools in a time of 48.31. The team was freshman Adele Jackson-Gibson, senior Claudia Duncan, senior captain Faith Briggs, and junior Kate Grace. Complete results are available here.
Most of the 4x100-meter relay team returned to compete in the 4x400 later in the evening. In the only event with a separate race for the Ivy League, Yale finished fifth of seven schools (Harvard did not compete). Their time of 3:47.01 was the fastest that Yale has run all season, and makes the top-ten all-time list. The team consisted of Grace, freshman Allison Rue, Briggs, and Duncan (who ran her leg in an impressive 54.03). Cornell won in 3:41.43, with Columbia a close second and Penn third. Full results and a video of the event are available here.
Jackson-Gibson also competed in the long jump, in which she finished 26th at 5.28 meters.
The only event left for the Bulldogs is the 4x800-meter relay on Satuday at 1:55 p.m. A live video of the event will be streamed at PennRelaysOnline.com, where there is also more information about the event.
Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity