April 29, 2012

Bulldogs Conclude Regular Season with Springtime Invitational

Yale Hosts Post-Penn Relays Meet

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – As part of the regular season finale, the Yale women's track and field team hosted the Yale Springtime Invitational on Sunday as a last tune-up before the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on May 5-6. The Bulldogs competed against a number of regional teams and turned in several personal and season bests to close out a weekend that also included competition at the Penn Relays.

Yale posted a cadre of entries in the sprint events. Senior Alexa Monti lead the team in those events with a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.36. Senior Marieme Mbaye was fourth in 12.53, freshman Ashleigh Delemos was sixth in a personal-best 12.66 and senior Emily Shulan was just off her season best in 12.69. Together, junior Adele Jackson-Gibson, freshman Emily Cable, Shulan and Monti won the 4x100-meter relay by more than a second in 47.61.

Junior Allison Rue posted a personal best in the 200-meter dash with her fifth-place 25.97. Sophomore Amanda Snajder finished in 20th of 37 athletes in 27.52 and sophomore Anna McCahon was 22nd in 27.80. McCahon was also first in her heat and 17th overall in the 400-meter dash in 1:03.83. Sophomore Jenna Hessert was ninth in the event in 1:01.88.

In the longer track events, sophomore Sarah Barry posted the team's highest finish of the day by winning the 800-meter run. She finished in 2:15.59. Senior captain Gabriella Kelly finished 24th overall of 68 runners in 2:26.31. Freshmen Anna Demaree and Hannah Alpert paced the team in the 1,500-meter run. Demaree finished in 4:49.84 to Alpert's 4:50.05 in a two-step finish. Junior Victoria Flannery placed 18th in 4:56.55 and sophomore Rachel O'Driscoll was 26th in 4:59.58. The field was again huge, featuring 52 athletes. Sophomore Clare Kane was the lone Bulldog to race in the 3,000-meter run. She finished 11th of 29 runners in 11:00.63. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, senior Anne Lovelace was second in 11:09.85.

Delemos also finished in a personal best in the 100-meter hurdles. Her time of 15.91 was good for seventh overall. In the 400-meter hurdles, junior Jenna Poggi was third, finishing in 1:04.00. Junior Dakota McCoy was fourth in 1:05.42.

Yale's triple jumpers posted a number of personal bests on Sunday. Sophomore Teresa Parent was third overall in 11.30m (37'10.5"). Freshman Alisha Jordan was fifth with a leap of 11.17m (36'7.75"). Sophomore Kristen Proe posted a season-high 10.99m (36'0.75"), good for seventh place. Freshman Elle Brunsdale was ninth with a leap of 10.65m (34'11.25").

In the long jump, Snajder finished sixth overall with a jump of 5.41m (17'9"). Brunsdale was 14th (5.01m – 16'5.25"). Snajder also competed in the high jump, finishing in a tie for fourth at 1.50m (4'11"). In the pole vault, sophomore Emily Urciuoli was second with a mark of 3.50m (11'5.75"). Freshman Catherine Shih was fourth at 3.20m  (10'6").

The Bulldog throwers were out in force after a quiet few weeks. Junior Antonia Renker had the highest showing, finishing sixth in the discus throw. She heaved a season-best 36.39m (119'5"). Freshman Korbin Richards was 10th at 35.11m (115'2") and junior Natalie Wedell was 17th at 30.41m (99'9"). Richards also competed in the shot put, finishing 12th at 11.07m (36'4").

In the javelin throw, McCoy was sixth with a toss of 31.02m (101'9") while Snajder was 14th at a mark of 20.49m (67'3").

After also competing in the Penn Relays earlier this week, the Bulldogs will return to Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia next weekend for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. Heps will mark the last competition this season for some of the Bulldogs, while those who have qualified will continue on to the ECAC Championships and the NCAA East Regional, held later in May.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity