Wilson Breaks School Record in Shot Put

Emily Urciuoli. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Emily Urciuoli. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Hosts Columbia, Dartmouth

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a day of competition at Coxe Cage on Sunday, Yale's record books are completely rewritten: freshman Karleh Wilson walked away with a new school record in the shot put to her name. Three others set top-10 marks. Over all, the Bulldogs won four events and took second in four others to score 45 points in the annual tri-meet against Columbia and Dartmouth.

Wilson posted a mighty heave of 45'1.5" (13.75m) to set a Yale record in the shot put. The previous record of 44'1.25" was set in 2006 and stood for seven years. Wilson was second in the event and freshman Taylor Eldridge was fifth with a mark of 37' 1.75" (11.32m), the seventh-best throw recorded at Yale.

Sophomore Emily Cable won the 400-meter dash in 56.76, the fourth-fastest time in Yale history. She edged Jennifer Meech of Dartmouth by 0.53 seconds to win the race. Freshman Grace Brittan was seventh in 1:01.54. In the 500-meter dash, senior captain Allison Rue was second in 1:16.17, also a fourth-best time at Yale. Senior Jenna Poggi was sixth in 1:19.73.

Another Yale win came in the 800-meter run; freshman Shannon McDonnell finished in 2:17.69 to handily beat the rest of the field by three seconds. Senior Caitlin Hudson picked up a point for Yale by placing fourth in the 1,000-meter run in 3:02.27. Sophomore Anna Demaree was seventh in the one mile run in 5:05.75, just 0.22 seconds behind sixth-place.

In a banner day for the class of 2016, Emily Stark also won her event. The freshman claimed first place in the 3,000-meter in 9:52.29. The next-closest athlete finished in 9:55.70. Senior Jennifer Donnelly was seventh in the event.

Junior Emily Urciuoli won the pole vault by a comfortable margin. Her mark of 11'9.75" (3.60m) was her season best this year. Freshman Renee Vogel also picked up some valuable points in fourth place with a jump of 10'4" (3.15m). In the high jump, junior Amanda Snajder and freshman Megan Toon tied for third place at 5'3" (1.60m). Cable was fifth with a jump of 5'1" (1.55m).

The horizontal jumpers also picked up some points. Sophomore Alisha Jordan had the best mark on the team in both the long jump and the triple jump: she was third in the long jump with a leap of 17'1.25" (5.21m) and fourth in the triple jump (36'9.75"- 11.22m). Junior Teresa Parent was fourth in the long jump (16'11.25" – 5.16m) and eighth in the triple jump (33'4.5" – 10.17m). Junior Kristen Proe was sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 35'4.5" (10.78m).

Yale had two runner-up finishes in the short sprints. In the 60-meter dash, freshman Sydney Cureton finished in 7.99 to place second, just 0.02 off of her season best. In the 60-meter hurdles, freshman Mackenzie Mathews was also second, finishing in 9.15, while Snajder was fourth in 9.25. Senior Dakota McCoy also competed in the final, placing seventh in 9.58.

Dartmouth won the meet with 76 points while Columbia accumulated 60 points. The Bulldogs are back in action at the Terrier Invitational on Jan. 25, hosted by Boston University.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity