Strong Start to Outdoor Season

Annelies Gamble. (photo by dspics.com)

Several Wins at William and Mary Tribe Invitational

WILLIAMSBURG, Va – The Bulldogs competed in their first meet of the outdoor track season today. Yale showed off its spring training thus far with many top-five performances on the day.  Though the meet was unscored, the team performed well as a whole.

The highlight of the day was the 800-meter run, in which Yale athletes took the top three spots. Sophomore Annelies Gamble was first (2:14.74), followed by junior Gabriella Kelly (2:14.92) and sophomore Nihal Kayali (2:15.13). The Bulldogs' closest competitor was more than seven seconds behind.

Earlier, Kayali had started off her day with a win in the 1,500-meter run in 4:26.60, the sixth-fastest time in Yale history. She was joined in that event by freshman Sarah Barry, fourth in 4:30.90. Both Barry and Kayali have qualified for the ECAC Championship meet in the 1,500-meter run with their performances today. Kayali's time is currently the fourth-fastest in the nation, while Barry's is the 17th-fastest. 

Kayali's time was impressive for the first meet of the season, said distance coach Mark Young '68. "That's a good time this early in the year, and a good time" even if it wasn't, he said.

Yale's sole distance runner of the day was junior Jacque Sahlberg, who placed second in her debut at the 3,000-meter run. Sahlberg finished her circuit in 10:07.68, just a second off of first and seven seconds in front of third.

In the sprints, Yale was lead by sophomore Allison Rue. She was third in the 400-meter dash (58.56) and sixth out of a field of 20 in the 200-meter dash (25.94). Sophomore Adele Jackson-Gibson placed fourth in the 200-meter dash in 25.52 while junior Emily Shulan was ninth (26.62). Shulan also competed in the 100-meter dash, finishing sixth (12.77), right behind junior Alexa Monti in fifth (12.73).

These athletes performed well in the relays as well. Gamble, Kelly and Rue combined with sophomore Jenna Poggi for a first-place finish in the 4x400 meter relay in 3:58.07. Jackson-Gibson, Shulan and Poggi teamed with freshman Kelsey Lin to place third in the 4x100 meter relay in 49.38.

Yale was represented by three Bulldogs in the hurdle events. Sophomore Dakota McCoy placed third in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:09.00 while freshman Amanda Snajder was ninth in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.95. Senior Emily Standish also competed in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing 11th in 17.32.

Bulldogs turned in some strong performances in the jumps as well. In the long jump, Jackson-Gibson was second out of over 15 competitors with a leap of 5.52 meters. She was followed by freshman Teresa Parent (11th- 4.85m) and freshman Kristen Proe (17th- 3.94m). Proe was also second in the triple jump (10.95m) to Parent's third (10.95m). In the high jump, Standish was second only by virtue of number of misses (1.60m), while Snajder tied for fourth (1.55m). Freshman Emily Urciuoli was 10th in the pole vault in 3.10m.

Yale throwers came out swinging today, with contributions from three athletes. Sophomore Antonia Renker was third in the hammer throw (42.23m) and seventh in the discus throw (31.13m). She was backed up by senior Rachel Kuschner, ninth in the hammer throw (30.74m) and ninth in the discus throw (28.50m). Lastly, senior captain Eve King was eighth in the javelin throw with a toss of 21.47m.

In all, the Bulldogs seem to have a promising season ahead of them this spring. They will rest for the next week before heading down to Princeton, N.J. on Apr. 1 for the Sam Howell Invitational.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity