April 20, 2013

Second Day of Larry Ellis Brings Two Personal Bests

4x100-Meter Relay Squad Meets with Success

NEW HAVEN, Conn.— This Saturday concluded the second day of the Larry Ellis Invitational. The meet was one with qualifying standards hosted by Princeton University. After seven bulldogs competed on Friday, the rest of Yale track and field stepped up to the track the following day.

In the 4x100-meter relay, runners freshman Sydney Cureton, junior Kelsey Lin, freshman Mackenzie Mathews and senior Allison Rue finished with a time of 48.21, the team's best time to date. Meanwhile, in the 4x400-meter relay, Lin, Rue, senior Dakota McCoy, and freshman Shannon McDonnell claimed their time of 3:57.75.

Two competitors in the shorter relay also participated in the individual 100-meter dash. Cureton claimed a time of 12.62, while Mathews finished in 12.93, a new personal best for the athlete, who usually competes in the 100-meter hurdles.

Senior Jenna Poggi competed in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing just off her personal best at 1:02.96. Furthermore, McCoy was able to claim her most notable performance in the event of her four years, crossing the line in 1:03.99. In addition, two athletes also took on the meet's middle distance event, the 800-meter run. Junior Sarah Barry led her teammate, freshman Anna-Sophie Harling with a finish of 2:17.58, while Harling followed at 2:20.84. 

In addition to the previous day's long distance events—including the 5,000-meter run in which four Bulldogs posted notable times—one long distance event was competed on Saturday, the 3,000-meter run. Sophomore Anna Demaree finished the lengthy race in 10:18.87, while senior Tori Flannery was only seconds behind at 10:21.83.

Joining senior Antonia Renker—who participated in two throwing events on Friday—was freshman Taylor Eldridge, Yale's singular contender in the shot put. Eldridge posted a mark of 12.17m (39-11.25). Moreover, juniors Teresa Parent and Emily Urciuoli had the opportunity to compete against a varied field in the jumping events. Urciuoli cleared a height of 3.40m (11-01.75) in the pole vault, while Parent reached a distance of 4.88m (16-00.25) in the long jump. 

Finally, junior Amanda Snajder was able to compete in her second challenge of combined events this year. After successfully contending in the pentathlon at the Ivy League Indoor Track and Field Championships last season, she this time took on the heptathlon. This event combines the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meter dash, long jump, javelin throw, and 800-meter run, and is scored on a points system. Her collective points total for the event was 4176, earning her fourth place overall.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity