Day One of Giegengack Invitational Draws to a Close
Impressive Performances in Weight Throw, Long Jump, Distance Medley Relay
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – During the first day of the Giegengack Invitational, the Bulldogs had a great showing. The weight throw, long and high jumps, distance medley relay, 200-meter dash, and 5,000-meter run were contested at Coxe Cage.
Field events began at 5 p.m. and the Bulldogs came out swinging. In the high jump, senior Emily Standish placed second overall with a leap of 1.60 meters. Freshman Teresa Parent posted 5.00 meters in the long jump, good for ninth place. Finishing off the field events for the day was senior Stephanie Scaramella, who heaved the weight 14.39 meters and placed her squarely in fifth.
Yale's distance medley relay teams headlined the day, however. First place went to a team comprising senior Kate Grace, junior Gabriella Kelly, freshman Sarah Barry, and sophomore Nihal Kayali. They clocked in at 11:35.27, almost fourteen seconds faster than the second place team, which also hailed from Yale. Junior Madeline Adams, sophomore Jenna Poggi, sophomore Annelies Gamble, and sophomore Elizabeth Marvin combined to finish in 11:49.37, which was still exactly ten seconds faster than the third place team. At last year's Giegengack Invite, the Bulldogs ran 11:47.22 in this event, which reflects a tremendous improvement in each of the four legs.
The Giegengack Invitational will continue tomorrow morning, when field events begin at 9:30 a.m. and running events kick off at 12:30 p.m.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity
The Giegengack Invitational is named in honor of legendary Yale track and field coach Bob Giegengack. In his 29 years at Yale, the USA Track and Field Hall of Famer led the Elis to 183 victories, four IC4A titles, and 13 outdoor and four indoor Heptagonal championships. Teacher, coach, philosopher, tireless storyteller and international leader in track and field, Bob Giegengack spent more than 40 fruitful, exciting years in a career he loved. Helping talented young people to excel, both in their sport and in their studies, met his highest ideals. He trained his athletes, encouraged them and taught them strategies for success, always with the goal of mens sana in corpore sano, a healthy mind in a healthy body. From each athlete, he demanded the best effort possible, not just for the sake of individual achievement, but also for the good of the team. Beginning with his high school students at Brooklyn Prep, then at Fordham and Yale, and as an Olympic coach in Melbourne (1956) and Tokyo (1964), "Gieg" worked to fulfill his personal ideals as a teacher, mentor and competitor. After his retirement in 1976, he coached Yale's first women's team. The Giegengack legacy of talent, devotion and high ideals lives on at Yale today.