March 30, 2011

Bulldogs Head to Princeton

Team to Shake Things Up at Sam Howell Invitational

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This Saturday, the Bulldogs will travel to Princeton, N.J., to compete at the annual Sam Howell Invitational. Several athletes will try their hands at slightly different distances than they are used to, which will give the team a chance to see where its strengths lie. Competitive distance races will take place on Friday night with field events and other races on Saturday.

After battling a hamstring injury for much of the indoor season, sophomore Adele Jackson-Gibson has made her return to the track this spring and will compete on Saturday in the shorter sprints, her forte. Jackson-Gibson is seeded as Yale's faster competitor in both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. She will be joined in these events by freshman Kelsey Lin and junior Alexa Monti. Junior Gabriella Kelly will compete in the 400-meter dash, an event that she was awarded All-East honors in at the ECAC Indoor Championship earlier this month.

In the distance events, the duo of freshman Melissa Chapman and sophomore Elizabeth Marvin, who competed in the 3,000-meter run all winter, will make their debut in the 5,000-meter run this weekend. Junior Anne Lovelace will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Friday night. Lovelace competed in this event at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championship last year, and will look to reaffirm her dominance this season.

The Sam Howell Invitational has an interesting schedule, with two different sets of events. On Friday night, more elite competition will take to the line in the distance races, with Saturday reserved for a more general field in some of the same events. Middle distance standout sophomore Nihal Kayali will perform double-duty this weekend as she competes in the 1,500-meter run on Friday night and the 3,000-meter run on Saturday. All-American senior Kate Grace and freshman Sarah Barry will also compete on both days, in the 1,500-meter run on Friday and the 800-meter run on Saturday. Grace is fresh off of a trip to the NCAA Division I Indoor Championship and will compete outdoors for the first time this season on Friday.

Freshman hurdler Amanda Snajder will look to break into the Yale record books in the 100-meter hurdles with a 15.00 seed time on Saturday. Snajder will also try her hand in the high jump, along with senior Emily Standish. Jackson-Gibson and freshmen Teresa Parent, Kristen Proe and Emily Urciuoli could also be competitive in the jump events.

Throwers to watch for at the Sam Howell Invitational include sophomore Antonia Renker and senior Stephanie Scaramella, both in the hammer throw and Renker in the discus throw. Yale will bring depth to the throws in the form of sophomore Emily Anderberg, senior Rachel Kuschner, sophomore Dakota McCoy and sophomore Natalie Wedell.

Yale will also run two 4x400 meter relay teams and one 4x100 meter relay team.

On Friday, field events will commence at 4:00 p.m. and track events at 6:00 p.m, concluding at 9:40 p.m. On Saturday, field events will start at 11:00 a.m., with track events beginning at 12:00 p.m. and concluding at 5:45 p.m. The meet website is available here and results will be posted on www.directathletics.com and www.yalebulldogs.com at the conclusion of the meet.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity