Last Tune-Up before HYP
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This weekend, Coxe Cage will see more Yale track and field action. About two dozen teams will descend upon New Haven for the annual two-day Giegengack Invitational. This meet marks the end of the regular season for the Bulldogs, with the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton grudge match on tap for next weekend, and the championship season beginning on Feb. 26-27 with Ivy League Championships.
Head coach David Shoehalter, the Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, has his eye on these later meets: "As we move into February, the meets get more important and more competitive," he said.
The Giegengack Invite is the perfect arena for the Bulldogs to prepare themselves for what will hopefully be an impressive showing against the Crimson and the Tigers. Its two-day format, which all of the championship meets also have, will help the team increase its stamina by competing on consecutive days. On Friday, Feb. 4, the long jump, high jump and weight throw will be contested, along with the 5,000-meter run, the 200-meter dash and the distance medley relay, with the rest of the events scheduled to take place on Saturday.
Distance coach Mark Young '68 explained the burden his athletes will bear: "We will run two distance medley relays on Friday and all of those people (freshman Sarah Barry, freshman Melissa Chapman, sophomore Annelies Gamble, senior Kate Grace, sophomore Nihal Kayali and sophomore Elizabeth Marvin) will compete again on Saturday in a primary event."
While this double-headlining will make the weekend a tough one, it will help the team put its best foot forward moving into what Young called "the heart of the season."
On Friday, field events begin at 5 p.m. and running events begin at 6:15 p.m. Saturday's field events will commence at 9:30 a.m. and the track events will start at 12:30 p.m. A full meet schedule, as well as more information, can be found here. Results will be posted on directathletics.com and yalebulldogs.com as soon as they are available.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity