April 13, 2013

Wilson, Urciuoli, Chapman Place First at Harvard Dual Meet

Top Performance for 4x400-Meter Relay Team

NEW HAVEN, Conn.— annual dual meet between Harvard and Yale concluded today. Harvard took the meet with 89 points, while Yale scored 69 points overall. Still, the team walked away with widespread first-place finishes and personal accomplishments. 

In 1,500 meter run, senior Nihal Kayali placed third, finishing in 4:26.78. Kayali, along with junior Millie Chapman—who finished in 4th at 4:30.10—both met the ECAC qualifying standard for the event. In addition, Kayali already holds the second place position on the top ten lists. Sophomore Kira Garry claimed a personal best finish of 4:38.66. Yet another personal best time was earned with Tori Flannery's mark of 4:45.48, while sophomore Anna Demaree finished in 4:50.73.

Chapman, in her second long distance event of the day, took first place in the 3,000-meter run with her time of 9:43.64. Yet another Bulldog, senior Elizabeth Marvin, placed second at 9:47.53, while junior Liana Epstein was fourth at 9:51.91. Freshman Elizabeth McDonald rounded out the group, finishing in 9:53.58, her new best time to beat. All four runners met the ECAC qualifying standard in the event. Hannah Alpert crossed the line in 10:12.19, a new personal best for the sophomore, while senior Jennifer Donnelly finished in 10:13.67. Meanwhile, freshman Isabel Amend participated in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the first time, finishing in 11:34.58.

Three Bulldogs raced in the 800-meter run. Kayali led the group in fourth place with a finish of 2:15.19, while junior Sarah Barry finished directly behind her teammate in 2:18.05. Senior Annelies Gamble earned a time of 2:18.91. 

In the 400-meter dash, sophomore Emily Cable finished in 56.26, claiming second place, while senior Allison Rue followed in 57.66. Freshman Grace Brittan was fifth with a time of 1:00.64, while junior Jenna Hessert finished in 1:01.91.

Cable was also a contender in the 200-meter dash, claiming fourth place at 25.65. Junior Kelsey Lin (26.65) and freshman Sydney Cureton (26.89) competed alongside her.  Cureton's second race was the 100-meter dash, in which she took third place with a time of 12.43. 

In the hurdling events, four competitors met with success. As the sole participants in the 400-meter hurdles, senior Jenna Poggi claimed a season best of 1:03.03, while senior Dakota McCoy finished in 1:06.34.

Meanwhile, freshman Mackenzie Mathews claimed a personal best of 15.19 in the 100-meter hurdles, placing fourth. Junior Amanda Snajder (15.46) and McCoy (15.73) also participated.

In the 4x400-meter relay, Yale team "A", consisting of Cable, Lin, Rue, and freshman Shannon McDonnell, finished in first place with a time of 3:53.57, while Yale team "B" finished in 4:14.64.

Meanwhile in the field events, junior Emily Urciuoli finished first in the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.57m, while freshman Renee Vogel made a mark of 3.27m. In the long jump, Yale scored first, second, and third places. Sophomore Alisha Jordan was first with a mark of 5.66m, while junior Teresa Parent was second (5.63m), and Snajder was third (5.58). The team continued its streak with the triple jump. The first three spots were again secured by Jordan (11.92m), Parent (11.22m), and junior Kristen Proe (10.82m). Finally, in her third event of the day, Snajder leapt a distance of 1.50m in the high jump, while freshman Megan Toon's mark was slightly higher, at 1.55m. 

In the throwing events, freshman Karleh Wilson defended her many titles by taking first with a mark of 13.57m. Sophomore Taylor Eldridge was fourth at 13.13m, while fellow sophomore Elle Brunsdale gave a heave of 9.15m. Wilson was similarly successful in the discus, in which she scored the second place spot with her toss of 43.01m. This mark will qualify her to competed in the ECAC championship meet. Senior Antonia Renker placed third with a mark of 35.26m while junior Natalie Wedell claimed a mark of 30.23m in her first competition of the year. Additionally, Wilson took yet another top spot in the hammer throw, with a mark of 43.63m. Eldridge took fourth in the event at 43.38m, while Renker scored a distance of 42.36m. Wedell also participated (31.05m). Moreover, two Bulldogs competed in the javelin throw. Toon placed second with a distance of 32.61m, while McCoy followed at 32.47m.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity