May 1, 2011

Many Season-Bests at Springtime Invitational

Bulldogs Host Final Meet Before Championship Season Begins

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Spring was in the air at Cuyler Field and Dwyer Track as the Bulldogs hosted their last meet of the regular season. Championships begin next weekend when Yale hosts the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship (Heps). Many Bulldogs posted eleventh-hour times and distances to improve their season bests before the competition heats up. It was also senior day, the last home meet for seniors who will not compete at Heps. 

Junior Jennifer Downing had the best place on the day for Yale with a win in the 3,000-meter run. Downing blew away the field by 14 seconds, finishing in 10:09.28.

Each of Yale's hurdlers took time off in their races today. The young trio also placed well in their events. In the 100-meter hurdles, freshman Amanda Snajder turned in a season-best of 15.13. Her time was good for second place in a field of 23 competitors. Sophomore Dakota McCoy placed eighth in the event in 15.73, which is also a season-best. Previously this season, she had run 16.32. McCoy also competed in the 400-meter hurdles, where she turned in a season-best by over a second. McCoy finished in fourth place in 1:04.91. Sophomore Jenna Poggi sprinted to second place in the event in 1:04.27.

Junior Emily Shulan was the lone Bulldog competing in the short sprints today, but she was still able to place well in both of her events. She was fourth of 23 runners in the 200-meter dash, in a slight season best of 25.49. She also shaved about 0.40 seconds off of her 100-meter dash time, finishing seventh in 12.58.

In the 400-meter dash, sophomore Allison Rue was only 0.09 seconds out of third place, capturing fourth in 57.81. Freshman Kate Chockley was 16th overall in 1:03.81.

Poggi and Shulan combined with sophomore Adele Jackson-Gibson and freshman Kelsey Lin in the 4x100-meter relay to take third against seven other teams. They finished in 48.23, which is the fastest time a Yale team has run this season.

Only three Yale athletes competed in middle distance events. Senior Celia Stockwell placed ninth in the 1,500-meter run in 4:55.97. Senior Liya Assefa also competed in that event, finishing in 5:17.68, good for 31st of the 47 runners. For Assefa, the 2010 cross country captain, today was her first and last race of the season; she has been injured since the beginning of indoor track, and will graduate after this year. 

In the 800-meter run, junior Jacque Sahlberg was 12th in 2:20.11. All three were competing in these events for the first time all season.

In the high jump, senior Emily Standish jumped a season-best 1.65 meters, which placed her in a tie for second. Standish has been oscillating between 1.55m and 1.60m this season, so today's meet was a breakthrough in the technically challenging event. Snajder also competed in the high jump, finishing sixth in 1.53 meters.

Jackson-Gibson placed second in the long jump in 5.56 meters, besting 14 others. In the triple jump, freshman Beata Fiszer gained a season-best by a few inches. Her leap of 10.31 meters was good for 10th place. Freshman pole vault standout Emily Urciuoli was third in her event today, vaulting 3.40 meters.

In the throws, Yale was lead by a 10th-place season-best effort from senior Rachel Kuschner in the discus throw. Kuschner's toss of 31.38 meters put her slightly ahead of sophomore Antonia Renker, who finished 11th in 31.33 meters, and sophomore Natalie Wedell, 12th with a throw of 31.07. Sophomore Emily Anderberg picked up 14th in the event after throwing 30.74 meters.

Senior Stephanie Scaramella turned in the best hammer throw effort of the day. She came in 12th with a distance of 41.00 meters. Anderberg and Wedell also competed in the event, placing 16th (35.36m) and 20th (32.38m), respectively.

Many Bulldogs did not compete today to recover from the Penn Relays earlier this week or to rest for Heps, which will take place next weekend here in New Haven. The unscored Springtime Invitational was the last chance for athletes to improve on their times before heading into the championship season. 

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity