Snajder Breaks School Record in the Pentathlon on First Day of Heps

Amanda Snajder. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Amanda Snajder. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Four Others Qualify for ECAC Championships

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Yale women's track and field finished the first day of the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships this Saturday tied for 7th place with the University of Pennsylvania. Both teams scored 4 points in the 5 scored events of the day. All of Yale's points were claimed by junior Amanda Snajder, who placed fourth in the pentathlon—an event comprised of the shot put, long jump, high jump, 60-meter hurdles, and 800-meter run. After a notable performance last year scored Snajder the seventh-fastest time in Yale history, she has yet again rewritten the Yale records. This time, Snajder claims the top spot, previously set in 1991. Snajder's composite score of 3658 was boosted by a 5th place finish in the shot put (10.52m or 34'06.25), long jump (5.43m or 17'09.75) and high jump (1.64m or 5'04.50), and an impressive third place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (8.93). Her score also qualifies her to compete in the ECAC championships in Boston on March 2nd and 3rd

Two other Bulldogs will have the chance to score points for their team as the competition continues tomorrow. Sophomore Emily Cable placed 7th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.28, while freshman Shannon McDonnell finished in 8th place in the 800-meter run at 2:12:22. This time marks a new personal best for McDonnell, as well as qualifies her to compete in the ECAC championship meet. Meanwhile, both McDonnell and Cable will compete in the finals of their respective races on the second day of Heps. In another notable performance, senior captain Allison Rue narrowly missed qualifying for finals in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 9th place at 57.30. Also competing in the race was senior Jenna Poggi (58.97), and freshman Grace Brittan (1:01.27).

In the 60-meter dash, Yale had only one competitor, freshman Sydney Cureton, who finished the race in 7.89. In the 60-meter hurdles, freshman Mackenzie Mathews narrowly missed advancing to finals with her 9th place finish of 9.07. Senior Dakota McCoy also participated (9.31). 

In the long distance events of the day, three individual Bulldogs met with success. Senior Caitlin Hudson qualified for ECACs with her time of 4:56.09 in the 1-mile run. She also gained a new personal best in the race.  Likewise, in the 5000-meter run, freshman Emily Stark and senior Elizabeth Marvin both met the ECAC qualifying standard. Stark finished in 7th place at 16:46.84, coming just short of a scoring position, while Marvin completed the race in 17:14.05. They join senior teammate Jennifer Donnelly (17:57.42), who had already qualified for ECACs earlier this season.

Other performances included junior Emily Urciuoli in the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.55m (11'07.75), and fellow junior Teresa Parent in the long jump (4.98m or 16'04.25).  Finally, Freshman Karleh Wilson scored a distance of 13.87 (14'06.25) in the weight throw, while senior Antonia Renker gave a heave of 13.23 (43'05.00). 

The Ivy League Heptagonal Championship meet will continue on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. with the women's triple jump. Men's events will start at 10:00 a.m. Live results are available at

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity