Bulldogs Set to Compete at Princeton

Dakota McCoy. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Dakota McCoy. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Women's Team Brings Qualifying Members

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Yale track and field will journey to Princeton this weekend for the school's annual Sam Howell Invitational. Princeton will welcome athletes from more than 51 schools. The meet is one with entry standards and maximum field sizes, limiting the number of athletes that will be competing this weekend.

The meet will begin Friday with the distance events, including an elite 1,500-meter run for which one Bulldog, junior Millie Chapman, has qualified. In addition, freshman Isabel Amend and sophomore Kira Garry have both been entered to compete in the 3,000-meter run, while sophomores Hannah Alpert and Anna Demaree will compete in the 5,000-meter run. Alpert has also qualified for the race, and will likely have to choose which event to compete in. This weekend's meet will be the first after three Yale distance runners hit ECAC qualifying standards in the 10,000-meter run two weeks ago. Thus, impressive results can be expected from the long distance runners.

In addition to the long distance events, the discus throw will be competed on Friday. Two Bulldogs will be participants: senior Antonia Renker and freshman Karleh Wilson. On Saturday, all the remaining field events will be competed. Renker will set out to compete in the hammer throw, while Wilson and freshman Taylor Eldridge will have the chance to improve their marks in the shot put. All three Yale throwers hit promising marks in the first meet of the season, and should be ones to watch this weekend.
Seven Bulldogs will represent Yale in the jumping events. Junior Amanda Snajder and freshman Megan Toon have been entered in the high jump, while Snajder and junior Teresa Parent have qualified for the long jump. Parent's second entry is in the triple jump, along with sophomore Alisha Jordan and junior Kristen Proe. Finally, junior Emily Urciuoli and freshman Renee Vogel will participate in the pole vault.
Four more Bulldogs will compete in the 1,500-meter run on Saturday: Senior Jennifer Donnelly, junior Liana Epstein, senior Tori Flannery and freshman Elizabeth McDonald. Yale will also bring four competitors to the 800-meter run: junior Sarah Barry, and seniors Annelies Gamble, Caitlin Hudson and Allison Rue. In the 400-meter dash, Yale's record-holding sophomore, Emily Cable, will compete alongside freshman Grace Brittan, junior Kelsey Lin and freshman Shannon McDonnell. Cable has also been registered to race in the 200-meter dash. In the shortest race of the day, the 100-meter dash, freshman Sydney Cureton will compete as Yale's sole entry.

Senior Dakota McCoy and freshman Mackenzie Mathews will compete in the 100-meter hurdles, while senior Jenna Poggi will be Yale's only participant in the 400-meter hurdles.

In addition, Yale will have teams competing in both the 4x100-meter relay and the 4x400-meter relay. Cable, McDonnell, Lin and Poggi have been registered to compete on Yale's 4x400-meter relay team. And lastly, competing in the event for only the second time this year: Cureton, Lin, Mathews and Poggi will race in the day's shortest relay.

The meet will kick off on Friday with the men's hammer throw, followed by the women's discus, at 4:00 pm. Events will continue on Saturday with the 4x100-meter relay at noon. Live results will be available here and a complete schedule is available at http://www.goprincetontigers.com/pdf9/1618288.pdf?SPSID=46923&SPID=4279&DB_OEM_ID=10600.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity