May 6, 2010

Bulldogs to Compete at Heptagonal Championships

Ivy League Championships at Princeton

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - This weekend is the culmination of a long year of competition for the Bulldogs. On Saturday and Sunday they will compete against all of their Ivy League rivals at the Heptagonal Championships in Princeton, N.J. This is the last team competition for the Bulldogs, and the last meet that does not require certain qualifying times. On Saturday, Princeton will host preliminary heats of all running events (finals only of the 10,000-meter run), and finals of many field events. All of Sunday's events will be finals.

The Bulldogs have already competed at Princeton twice this season, so all of them know the track well. The Sam Howell Invitational on the first weekend of April introduced them to the two-day schedule at Princeton, and let them compete against Ivy rivals Princeton and Harvard. The next weekend the Bulldogs participated in the annual Penn-Yale-Princeton tri-meet on the same track; the Bulldogs finished the meet third.

The Bulldogs have competed against Harvard earlier this season at the annual dual-meet held in New Haven. Though the Crimson won the meet, the Bulldogs had a much stronger running team.

Yale is looking to improve upon last year' eighth-place finish at Outdoor Heptagonals, and they have some strong runners who should be able to help them work towards that goal.

Junior Kate Grace will lead the team in middle-distance. Grace won the 800-meter run at indoor Heptagonals in February; she also won the event outdoors and indoors in 2009. Grace also competed in the 800-meter run at NCAAs indoor and outdoors in 2009. This year her personal record in the event is 2:07.03.  Last year Grace won outdoor Heptagonals in 2:09.01.

Another impressive Yale runner is senior Claudia Duncan, who has qualified for ECACs in both the 200-meter (24.76) and 400-meter (55.44) dashes. Duncan is a strong individual competitor as well as a key component of all of Yale's relay teams.

Sophomore Anne Lovelace has been an impressive competitor in the steeplechase this season, qualifying for ECACs and NCAAs with her personal record of 10:40.94.

Fellow senior Alexandra Cadicamo has been having a great season in long-distance, qualifying for ECACs in both the 5,000-meter and 3,000-meter runs (16:56.26 and 9:52.73, respectively). Cadicamo finished 10th in the 3,000-meter run indoors, and then went on to compete at ECACs for the first time, where she finished third.

Freshman Elizabeth Marvin also qualified for ECACs in the 3,000-meter run (9:50.78). Another impressive freshman Bulldog this season is Adele Jackson-Gibson, who has been leading Yale's sprinting and jumping squads. Jackson-Gibson won the 100-meter dash at the Yale-Harvard dual meet, and also competes well in the 200-meter dash. Jackson-Gibson competes in the long jump as well, showing considerable range of talents.

Junior Eve King will be competing in the Heptathlon again. King finished ninth last year outdoors, but she competed very well at indoor Heptagonals this year to finish fifth, and she could score points for the team again outdoors.

Yale's relays all have the potential to perform very well; Yale's 4x100-meter relay team generally includes some combination of Jackson-Gibson, Duncan, sophomore Alexa Monti and senior captain Faith Briggs. Briggs is also a regular member of Yale's 4x400-meter relay team, as is freshman Allison Rue, who has had some impressive middle-distance performances this season. 4x800-meter relay team members often include senior Stephany Reaves and freshmen Annalies Gamble and Nihal Kayali. Duncan regularly competes in all three relays, as does Grace.

Field events start at 12 p.m. on Saturday, and preliminary running heats start at 3 p.m.. Events continue until 7:00 p.m. and resume Sunday morning at 11 a.m. for finals. A complete schedule of events can be found here. More information on the history of the Heptagonals Championship and interviews with coaches can be found at HepsTrack.com, which will also be posting live during the competition. Live results will be available here. Complete results will be posted at the end of each day at YaleBulldogs.com.

Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity

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