Bulldogs to Take on Terrier Invitational

Jenna Poggi. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jenna Poggi. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Largest Meet Yet Will Feature Over 20 Schools

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This Friday, the Yale women's track and field team will compete in its largest meet of the season so far. The Bulldogs will travel up to Boston to take to the track in the Terrier Invitational, hosted by Boston University. Beantown's annual meet will play host to more than 20 teams, with the women competing on Friday and the men on Saturday.

Yale will be sending a full contingent of sprinters, jumpers and long distance runners, letting the throwers rest for the Giegengack Invitational next weekend at Coxe Cage.

Seniors Marieme Mbaye, Alexa Monti and Emily Shulan will lead a broad pack of Bulldog sprinters in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash this weekend.  Freshmen Emily Cable and Ashleigh Delemos will join them in the 200-meter dash, as will senior captain Gabriella Kelly and junior Dakota McCoy. Freshman Elle Brunsdale, Cable, Kelly, junior Jenna Poggi and junior Allison Rue will also compete in the 400-meter dash. Cable, Kelly, Monti and Rue will form a 4x400-meter relay team to try to lower the Bulldogs' season-best of 4:03.67.

Junior Annelies Gamble will compete in the 800-meter run, which she also raced at the NCAA First Round competition last spring. Sophomore Amanda Snajder, traditionally a hurdler and long jumper, will try her hand at the 800-meter run as well. Also in the middle distance events, junior Nihal Kayali will compete in the 1,000-meter run. Senior Madeline Adams,sophomore Sarah Barry, sophomore Wendy DeWolf and sophomore Rachel O'Driscoll will compete in the one mile run.

Snajder will also participate in the long jump, as well as the 60-meter hurdles. Delemos, McCoy and Poggi will join her in the preliminary of that event, competing for the right to move on to the final.

The only other field event that Bulldogs will compete in is the pole vault. Poggi, freshman Catherine Shih and sophomore Emily Urciuoli will look to improve upon their heights from earlier in the season on Friday.

Yale will have a strong presence in the 3,000-meter run as eight athletes toe the line in Bulldog blue. Freshman Hannah Alpert, freshman Anna Demaree, junior Jennifer Donnelly, senior Jennifer Downing, junior Victoria Flannery, freshman Samantha Fry, sophomore Clare Kane and senior Anne Lovelace will all compete in the 3,000-meter run.

Freshman Kira Garry, junior Elizabeth Marvin and senior Lindsey Raymond will compete in the 5,000-meter, their first attempt at the distance since wrapping up their cross country season in November.

Cornell, Dartmouth and Princeton will also send representatives to BU this weekend as the only other Ivy schools competing. The meet will kick off with the 400-meter dash at 3:00 p.m. and conclude with the 5,000-meter run at 8:35 p.m. The women's distance medley relay will take place on Saturday at 12:45 p.m., but the Bulldogs will not be competing.

The meet website with an official schedule and entries can be found here. Results will be available at www.yalebulldogs.com and the meet website.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity