Kayali and Monti Lead Team with Second-Place Finishes
BOSTON – After the women's events wrapped up on Friday at the Terrier Invitational, the Yale women's track and field team came away with several much-improved performances. Though the meet was unscored, such a large competition allows the team, especially its rookies, to get seasoned for the larger championship meets that will occur later in the season.
Senior Alexa Monti impressed the most with a second-place finish in the 60-meter dash. After posting the eighth-fastest of the preliminary times, and just qualifying by 0.03 seconds, Monti came back in 7.78 seconds, a season-best, to take second in the final heat. In all, 54 athletes competed in the event. Seniors Marieme Mbaye and Emily Shulan also competed, placing 17th (8.09) and 33rd (8.34), respectively.
Junior Nihal Kayali also nabbed a second-place finish, in a by-a-nose finish in the 1,000-meter run. Kayali finished in 2:49.67, just behind Siobhan Breagy of Rhode Island, who out-leaned her to finish in 2:49.48.
Sophomore Annelies Gamble continued the Yale dominance in the middle distance events, placing fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:10.98. This is a season-best by almost eight seconds for Gamble, and is just 0.50 seconds off of her Yale record.
Freshman Ashleigh Delemos was ninth in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.23. She barely missed qualifying to advance to the final of the event by just 0.02 seconds. Snajder also competed in the hurdles, coming in 21st. Junior Jenna Poggi was 26th and junior Dakota McCoy was 27th.
The Yale 4x400-meter relay team, comprising junior Allison Rue, Monti, Poggi and freshman Emily Cable, finished in fourth overall, and second in its heat, in 3:53.95. This time is 10 seconds faster than any previous Yale effort so far this season.
Cable was ninth in the 200-meter dash in 25.49, followed by Monti (20th- 25.92) and Delemos (30th- 26.20). Cable also competed in the 400-meter dash, placing 15th in 58.20. Rue was the team leader in the event, placing 11th in 57.77.
In the one mile run, sophomore Sarah Barry was 10th of 116 athletes in 4:52.60. Dartmouth's All-American Abbey D'Agostino won the event in a personal-best 4:37.41.
Finally, in the 5,000-meter run, Yale's distance runners got to try their cross country distance on the track. Junior Elizabeth Marvin was 11th overall of 71 runners in 16:56.03, senior Lindsey Raymond was 15th in 17:03.07 and freshman Kira Garry was a close 16th in 17:03.52.
Next weekend, the Bulldogs return to Coxe Cage to host the annual Giegengack Invitational.
Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity