Kayali Runs Fastest Preliminary Time in 1,500-Meter Run
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale Bulldogs took to the track and field today during the first session of the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship. The day was filled with preliminary heats, to allow athletes to qualify for tomorrow's finals. Five Bulldogs advanced in their events on the track, with several just missing.
Junior Gabriella Kelly started the day off with a bang in the 400-meter dash. She posted a huge collegiate-best of 55.92 to take second in her heat. Her time was fourth of 14 competitors, with the top two in each heat automatically advancing to the final as well as the next four fastest overall. Kelly's previous season-best so far had been 57.00; her performance today is the fastest on the team this season.
In the 1,500-meter run, sophomore Nihal Kayali beat the rest of the field to finish first overall in the preliminary round. Kayali's time of 4:26.57, only 0.06 seconds faster than the next athlete, is a collegiate-best. All-American senior Kate Grace also competed in Kayali's heat, taking third overall in 4:26.96. In all, 10 competitors advanced to tomorrow's final.
In the preliminaries of the 800-meter run, sophomore Annelies Gamble and Grace finished first and second in the third of three heats. Gamble's 2:08.91 effort is by far her collegiate best, and was the third-fastest time of the day. Grace finished her laps in 2:09.58, good for fifth on the day. The top two athletes from each heat as well as the next two fastest advanced to the finals.
Sophomore Adele Jackson-Gibson ran a huge collegiate-best in the 100-meter dash. Her wind-aided time of 12.07 was the fastest this season for the Bulldogs and the fourth-fastest of the day at Heps. Jackson-Gibson will compete in the finals of the event tomorrow. Finishing off the sprints, junior Emily Shulan competed in the 200-meter dash this afternoon. She finished in 25.83, which placed her in 13th overall.
In the 100-meter hurdles, freshman Amanda Snajder also turned in a season-best of 14.96 with a tailwind. Despite her efforts, though, Snajder was not able to qualify for the finals. In the 400-meter hurdles, sophomores Jenna Poggi and Dakota McCoy finished 10th and 12th, respectively. Poggi just missed advancing by a mere two spots.
In the pole vault, freshman Emily Urciuoli cleared 3.50 meters to finish in ninth place. Jackson-Gibson competed in the long jump, where she qualified for the finals and finished eighth overall. Her best leap was 5.72 meters, which is a season-best by 0.15 meters, or about six inches.
Tomorrow, competition begins at 10:30 a.m.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity