February 4, 2012

Four Wins for Bulldogs at Giegengack Invite

Urciuoli Clears 12 Feet in Pole Vault

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Giegengack Invitational concluded on Saturday at New Haven's Coxe Cage and two Bulldogs came away with wins in their individual events. These strong performances at an unscored meet are a clear indicator of the team's preparation so far and will carry them into the HYP tri-meet next weekend as well as the start of the championship season with the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Feb. 25-26.

Sophomore Emily Urciuoli had a major personal-best in the pole vault with a leap of 3.75m (12'3.75"), which also earned her first place in the event. This mark propels her to second on the Yale all-time list for indoor track, and is an improvement of six inches from her previous best height this season.

Senior Alexa Monti followed up her ninth-place finish in the 200-meter dash last night by taking first place in both the preliminary and final heats of the 60-meter dash. After posting a time of 7.92 in the preliminaries, Monti brought it home in 7.91 to win the event. Senior Marieme Mbaye was third in the event in 8.02 and senior Emily Shulan was fifth in 8.08.

Junior Nihal Kayali took second in the one mile run in 4:50.88, just the second Bulldog to break five minutes this season, after sophomore Sarah Barry ran 4:52.60 at the Terrier Invitational. Freshman Anna Demaree was sixth in 5:05.11, two seconds faster than her 5:07.53 last month. Senior Anne Lovelace was eighth in 5:07.40.

Barry was second in the 1,000-meter run, with a 2:53.82 effort. She took second to All-American Lucy Van Dalen of Stony Brook, who set a new meet record by six seconds in 2:42.53. Senior Madeline Adams was fifth in 3:00.32, a collegiate best. In her first race of the season, freshman Sarah Eckinger was 11th in 3:07.89.

In the 500-meter dash, junior Allison Rue was second of 20 athletes, in a time of 1:16.57. This time is just 0.02 off of her previous personal best, which is seventh on the Yale all-time list. Junior Annelies Gamble was third in 1:17.08 and junior Jenna Poggi was fifth in 1:18.94. Freshman Emily Cable, who was second in the 200-meter dash on Friday night, was seventh in 1:20.33. Sophomore Jenna Hessert, who battled injury during the 2011 outdoor track season, was 14th in 1:22.80.

In the triple jump, freshman Alisha Jordan was fourth overall with a leap of 10.97m (36'). Yale's other field competitors of the day were freshman Korbin Richards and sophomore Amanda Snajder. They competed in the shot put, where Richards was seventh with a toss of 10.60m (34'9.5"), a season best. Snajder was 10th with a heave of 8.26m (27'1.25").

Snajder was truly a jack of all trades at this year's Giegengack Invitational. After taking second in the long jump yesterday, she also competed in the 800-meter run and the 60-meter hurdles today. She was eighth in the 800-meter run in 2:31.09 and fifth in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.40.

Freshman Ashleigh Delemos also competed in the 60-meter hurdles, taking fourth place in 9.40. Cable, also a multi-eventer this weekend, was 10th in 9.57.

In the 400-meter dash, senior captain Gabriella Kelly was ninth in 1:00.98 and sophomore Anna McCahon was 13th in 1:03.59.

Junior Clare Kane paced the Bulldogs in the 3,000-meter run. Kane was fourth in 10:30.49, followed by sophomore Rachel O'Driscoll in 10:40.13 for fifth place. Sophomore Wendy DeWolf was right on O'Driscoll's tail in 10:40.89 for sixth place.

Finally, two Yale relay teams took first place over the weekend. On Friday, the distance medley relay team was victorious by over four seconds. They cruised into the finish at 11:40.03. The 4x400-meter relay team turned in a time of 3:55.22 to best the 11-team field on Saturday.

The Bulldogs will travel to Harvard for the annual HYP grudge match next Saturday.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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