Track and Field Welcomes Class of 2016

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Cuyler Athletic Complex. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

The Yale women's cross country and track and field class of 2016 consists of 13 athletes representing three countries and nine states. They include an Australian Junior National champion, a top-15 finisher at the FootLocker Northeast Regional meet, a three-time competitor at New Balance Nationals, a Colorado state record holder and a high jumper ranked in the top five for her age group in the UK.

Isabel Amend hails from Arlington, Va., where she attended Washington-Lee High School. A resident of Timothy Dwight College, she will compete on the cross country team and in the distance events on the track. Amend ran 5:03 in the 1600-meter run and 10:49 in the 3200-meter run and is considering a major in Persian.

Grace Brittan attended Littleton High School in Littleton, Colo. She competed in the Colorado state championships all four years in high school and won the 1,600-meter medley relay at the Mt. SAC relays. She is a member of Silliman College and will compete in sprint events on the track and field team. Her personal record in the 400-meter dash is 56.97 and she is considering a major in mathematics or economics.

Sydney Cureton is a native of Detroit, Mich., and is in Morse College. She will compete in sprints on the track and field team, with a personal record of 11.90 in the 100-meter dash. The graduate of Detroit Country Day School is considering majoring in psychology.

Anna-Sophie Harling is a cross country and middle distance runner from New York, N.Y. She attended the Brearley School, where she raced 2:13.8 in the 800-meter run. She resides in Davenport College.

Mackenzie Mathews is a hurdler from Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore. The resident of Timothy Dwight College has raced 14.53 in the 100-meter hurdles and 44.30 in the 300-meter hurdles. She is considering a major in molecular, cellular and developmental biology.

Elizabeth McDonald hails from Bryn Mawr, Pa., where she graduated from Country Day School. She competed at the New Balance Nationals three times during her high school career, twice outdoors and once indoors. McDonald also competed at the Pennsylvania state championships nine times: four years in outdoor track, two years in cross country and one year in indoor track. She will compete in cross country and distance events on the track. Her personal best in the 3,000-meter run is 10:17.

Shannon McDonnell is a native of Shoreham, N.Y. She graduated from Shoreham-Wading River High School, where she clocked personal records of 1:35.82 in the 600-meter dash, 2:13.53 in the 800-meter run and 4:44.10 in the 1500-meter run. McDonnell is a member of Ezra Stiles College and will compete in middle distance events on the track. She is considering a major in economics.

Vanessa Noelte hails from Seekonk, Mass., where she attended Seekonk High School and competed in the Massachusetts state meet all four years. She was second at the All-State heptathlon and pentathlon. Noelte will compete in the hurdles and multi events on the track and field team. The resident of Ezra Stiles College, has raced 1:05.54 in the 400-meter hurdles. She is considering a major in history of science and history of medicine and wants to attend medical school to become a naturopathic doctor.

Frances Schmiede is from St. Ives, Australia, where she attended Pymble Ladies' College. The Piersonite will compete in middle distance events on the track and is the Australian Junior National Champion in the 800m. Her personal records are 57.96 in the 400-meter dash, 2:08.26 in the 800-meter run and 4:57.22 in the one mile run.

Emily Stark is from Concord, Mass., where she graduated from the Middlesex School and placed 15th at the FootLocker Northeast Regional meet. She will compete in cross country and in the distance events on the track. Her personal records are 9:56 in the 3000-meter run and 10:44 in the two mile run.

Megan Toon is from Wellington in the United Kingdom. She attended the Wellington School, where she was ranked fifth for under-20 women in the high jump. Toon also represented Southwest England at an international meet in Belgium and captained her team to the National Schools Championships in both track and field and multi events. Her personal best in the high jump is 5'8" and she is in Trumbull College. Toon is considering a major in classics and Egyptology.

Renee Vogel is from Las Vegas, Nev. She graduated from Faith Lutheran High School, where she pole vaulted 11', and competed in the Nevada state championships for four years. She was also a regional champion and southern Nevada record holder in the pole vault in 2012. Vogel is a member of Pierson College. She will compete in the pole vault on the track and field team and wants to major in political science.

Karleh Wilson hails from Newport Beach, Calif. and Corona del Mar High School. She is a thrower on the track and field team, with personal bests of 42'7" in the shot put and 135' in the discus. Wilson is in Saybrook College and considering a Global Affairs major.