February 5, 2011

Bulldogs Conclude Giegengack Invitational

Meet Brings Several ECAC Qualifying Times

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Day two of the 7th Annual Giegengack Invitational drew to a close Saturday evening with several Bulldogs on the ECAC qualifying list. Several top five finishes, along with two wins, propelled Yale in the unscored meet.

By far the top Bulldog performance of the day was clocked by senior Kate Grace, who won the 800-meter run in style: she now holds the meet record with a time of 2:06.94. The previous record of 2:07.76 was set in 2007 by Nana Hanson-Hall of Georgetown University. This time is her fastest in the event so far this season.  

Further record-breaking in the 800-meter run belonged to sophomore Nihal Kayali. She was fourth in the event in 2:11.86, a time that ties her for eighth-best all-time by a Yale athlete. This record marks Kayali's third in as many weeks, having previously taken the fourth spots in Yale record books in both the one mile run and the 1,000-meter run.

Another Bulldog win came from sophomore Elizabeth Marvin in the 3,000-meter run. She posted 9:50.34, a full three seconds ahead of the second-place runner. Marvin was followed by freshman Melissa Chapman, who took third in 9:57.13.

Freshman Sarah Barry was a heart-breaking third in the 1,000-meter run in 2:53.99, finishing less than half a second out of first place (2:53.71).

Distance coach Mark Young '68 said his athletes accomplished what he had hoped they would: to run well in events on both days of the meet. "Millie (Chapman) ran an outstanding time in her relay Friday night before the Saturday 3k. Elizabeth (Marvin) continues to run well, again on both days. Kate (Grace) continues to be extraordinary (both in relays and the open 800)," he stated.

Another impressive performance from a freshman took place in the 60-meter hurdles. Freshman Amanda Snajder tied for eighth place with Francesca D'Angelo from St. Joseph's University in 9.256 seconds.

The 500-meter dash was a blur of Yale blue at the finish line, as three Bulldogs placed in the top five. Sophomore Allison Rue placed third (1:16.55), followed by sophomore Annelies Gamble (4th-1:17.65), with junior Gabriella Kelly closely on their heels (5th- 1:17.86).

Finally, the 4x400-meter relay team placed third overall in 3:54.02.

In the field events, Yale's best performance of the day came from freshman Kristen Proe, who leapt 11.26 meters in the triple jump.  She placed fifth in that event. Freshman Emily Urciuoli posted a height of 3.15 meters in the pole vault, good for seventh. Finishing off was senior Stephanie Scaramella, who was 12th in the shot put with a throw of 11.7 meters.

ECAC qualifiers from the meet are Barry (1,000-meter run), Chapman (3,000-meter run), Grace (800-meter run), Kayali (800-meter run), Marvin (3,000-meter run), the 4x400-meter relay team and the distance medley relay team.

The Bulldogs will again take to Coxe Cage next Saturday when Harvard and Princeton arrive for the annual tri-meet.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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