Ivy League Heptagonal Championships Finally Approach

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

Excitement is High as Bulldogs Head to Harvard to Compete at Heps

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This Saturday and Sunday, Yale track and field takes to the Albert H. Gordon Track in Cambridge, Mass., to compete in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. The annual championship meet will be hosted by Harvard this year, and will be the last meet of the indoor track season for some competitors, with the exception of those who have qualified for the upcoming ECAC Championships.

The Bulldogs are hopeful for a successful end to the indoor season. Though the team members can boast of many new personal bests, ECAC qualifying times and marks, and even a few broken records this year, the sheer size of the other Ivy League teams may prove a difficult obstacle.

Among the most impressive of performances this season was sophomore Emily Cable's record-breaking 400-meter dash finish of 56.19. This time or better will likely land her among the likes of those who rank on the Heptagonal Championship top 10 lists this year.

Of the upcoming meet, Cable said the following:

"Everyone is really getting excited about 'Heps' this weekend- we've put the hours of high volume workouts in, and we are finally ready to taper into championship season. The most crucial part of the championship season is a positive, competitive mindset. You have to trust your training and be aggressive if you want a shot at scoring in the meet. I know for me at least, over the last season of training I have gained more of the confidence I needed in order to really improve my races."

If Cable does repeat her remarkable performance, she will join junior Emily Urciuoli (pole vault), senior Nihal Kayali (1-mile run) and junior Amanda Snajder (pentathalon), who all placed in the Heptagonal Championships top 10 lists for their respective events during the 2011-2012 indoor season.

Though the athletes mentioned above will definitely be ones to watch as they fight to defend their titles, many new freshmen members of the team have also proven their worth this season. Hurdler Mackenzie Mathews shattered her previous personal best in the 60-meter hurdles last week. Fellow freshmen Shannon McDonnell, Emily Stark and Karleh Wilson have also had break-through performances going into the championship season. The 4x400-meter relay is also highly anticipated, as Yale's team has already met the ECAC qualifying standard and is unlikely to disappoint at this point in the season.

The meet will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday with the women's pole vault, and continue on Sunday at the same time with the triple jump. Men's events will begin an hour before. A complete schedule is available at http://ivyleaguesports.com/championships/track-ind/2012-13/schedule.pdf. Live results will be available during the meet at http://ivyleaguesports.com/championships/track-ind/2012-13/championship_info.

Report by Maria Seravalli, Yale Sports Publicity