April 14, 2012

Cantabs Edge Bulldogs in Closest HY Meet in Several Seasons

BOSTON- The Yale women's track team put up a valiant fight against Harvard on Saturday and compiled 73 points, a greater total than in many recent seasons. The effort was almost enough to topple the Crimson, but Harvard escaped with a 89-73 win in Boston. The Bulldogs won seven events, claimed second in ten and swept two events on the day. The 2012 HY contest was the closest since Yale last beat Harvard in 2007.

Yale had the most success in the longer races, with three wins. Junior Nihal Kayali claimed the 1,500-meter run title, leading the pack in 4:28.62. Sophomore Sarah Barry was second in 4:31.90. Freshman Kira Garry won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:56.64. Her closest competition was more than a minute slower. Sophomore Liana Epstein lead a sweep of the 3,000-meter run, finishing in 9:38.20, followed by junior Elizabeth Marvin in 9:41.53 and Kayali in 9:45.60.

Freshman Emily Cable was the first Bulldog across the line in a Yale sweep of the 400-meter hurdles. She finished in 1:03.40, followed by junior Jenna Poggi in 1:05.17 and junior Dakota McCoy in 1:05.69. Cable also picked up wins in both relays: she and her teammates senior Alexa Monti, Poggi and junior Allison Rue turned in a composite 3:58.58 to take home the 4x400-meter relay title. Cable also combined with junior Adele Jackson-Gibson, Monti and senior Emily Shulan to finish in 47.23 in the 4x100-meter relay, half a second in front of Harvard's 47.88.

Yale's seventh win of the day was turned in by Jackson-Gibson, who bested the field in the long jump by taking only one jump. Her first leap (5.87m - 19'3.25") was enough to secure the win, as well as qualify Jackson-Gibson for the ECAC championship later this season. Sophomore Teresa Parent placed second with a jump of 5.74m (18'10"). Sophomore Amanda Snajder was fourth in 5.53m (18'1.75"). 

Snajder picked up second in the 100-meter hurdles with a huge personal best. She finished in 15.04 seconds, almost two-tenths faster than her 2011 best of 15.23. Freshman Ashleigh Delemos was fourth in 15.43, just 0.02 seconds behind third place Hannah Nunez of Harvard.

The Bulldogs had two second-place finishes in the throwing events. Junior Antonia Renker was second in the discus throw with a toss of 34.99m (114' 9"). Freshman Korbin Richards was third in the event (34.41m - 112'7"). Additionally, McCoy was second in the javelin throw with a throw of 35.11m (115'2"). Snajder was fifth with a toss of 25.64m (84"1"). Renker was third in the hammer throw with a heave of 46.23m (151'8"). Richards was fifth (34.37m - 112'9"). 

Sophomore Emily Urciuoli tied her personal best of 3.75m (12'3.5") in the pole vault, scooping up three points for her effort. Freshman Catherine Shih placed fourth with a height of 3.3m (10'10"). 

Freshman Alisha Jordan also had a second-place result on Saturday. She was the runner-up in the triple jump with a leap of 11.50m (37'8.75"). Freshman Elle Brunsdale was third (11.22m - 36'9.75") and sophomore Kristen Proe was fourth (11.20m - 36'9.05"). 

Monti was second in the 100-meter dash in 12.25, just 0.02 seconds off of first-place Ashley Ifeadike (12.23) and 0.01 seconds ahead of Harvard's Ashley Collinsworth (12.26). Jackson-Gibson was fourth in 12.39. The pair also competed in the 200-meter dash; Monti was third in 25.40 followed by Jackson-Gibson in 25.48. 

In the 400-meter dash, Rue turned in a new personal record of 56.13, good for third place and one point. Senior captain Gabriella Kelly was fourth in 1:00.65. 

Junior Annelies Gamble placed third in the 800-meter run in 2:10.50, just half a second back from her season best of 2:09.93. Barry finished fourth in 2:14.44. 

The Bulldogs return to competition on Apr. 20-21 at the Larry Ellis Invitational, hosted by Princeton. 

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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