Bulldogs Headed to Princeton for Larry Ellis Invitational

Jennifer Donnelly. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jennifer Donnelly. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Large Meet Draws All Eight Ivies 

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This Friday and Saturday, Yale track and field will return to Princeton, N.J. just two weeks after the Sam Howell Invitational, this time for the Larry Ellis Invitational, another meet with qualifying standards for entry. With a large field of teams, including all Ivy League schools, the meet will undoubtedly provide a valuable opportunity for the Bulldogs to get a sense of where they stand in their division as the championship season encroaches.

The women's team will participate in both the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays. Those registered to compete in the shorter relay include sophomore Emily Cable, freshman Sydney Cureton, junior Kelsey Lin and senior Allison Rue. Cable, Lin, Rue and freshman Shannon McDonnell are also entered in the 4x400-meter, though these entries are subject to change.

Cable will also compete in the 400-meter dash, her best event and one in which she has topped Yale's records in this year. Meanwhile, McDonnell and Rue will go head to head against a field of 55 competitors in an 800-meter run for elite runners, while Cureton will compete for her team in the 100-meter dash. Freshman Mackenzie Mathews, who usually competes in the 100-meter hurdles, has also been entered in the meet's shortest sprint. Moreover, in the regular entry 800-meter run, junior Sarah Barry, senior Annelies Gamble and senior Nihal Kayali have all met the qualifying standard for competition.

In the distance events, Yale will bring nine Bulldogs to the track. In addition to the 800-meter run, Kayali has also been entered in the 1,500-meter run for elite contestants, while freshman Isabel Amend has qualified to compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, an event she has only competed in once at the meet with Harvard last weekend. Only one Bulldog—senior Caitlin Hudson—will compete in the regular entry 1,500-meter run. In addition, Amend is also registered for the 3,000-meter run along with sophomores Hannah Alpert and Anna Demaree and senior Tori Flannery. Finally, the standard for the 5,000-meter run—in which 100 competitors are registered overall—has been reached by Alpert, junior Millie Chapman, senior Jennifer Donnelly and freshman Elizabeth McDonald. Distance runners who have been entered in more than one event on the same day will likely only participate in one of those events.

Contenders in the 400-meter hurdles include seniors Dakota McCoy and Jenna Poggi, a Bulldog who has been showing marked advancement in her final year of competing.

Finally, six team members will take on the field events this weekend. Sophomore Alisha Jordan will represent Yale in the triple jump, and will be joined by junior Theresa Parent to compete in the long jump. Junior Emily Urciuoli is set to compete as the team's only entrant in the pole vault. In addition, all three Yale throwers have qualified for competition in their events. Freshman Taylor Eldridge will post her mark in the shot put, while fellow freshman Karleh Wilson will also test her considerable skill in the event. Wilson will further compete with senior Antonia Renker in the discus throw. Renker's second event will be the hammer throw.

The meet will begin at noon on Friday with the heptathlon and continue on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. A meet schedule, as well the performance list and additional information is available here (http://www.goprincetontigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=10600&ATCLID=205710151&KEY=&DB_OEM_ID=10600&DB_LANG=C&IN_SUBSCRIBER_CONTENT=). 

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity