May 2, 2013

Heps to be Hosted by Princeton this Weekend

Jordan Ranked Fourth in Triple Jump

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Yale track and field will compete in the first of the championship meets for the outdoor season this weekend. The 2013 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships will be hosted by Princeton at Weaver Stadium.

At the Penn Relays last week, a slew of Yale distance runners claimed top spots in their events. Senior Nihal Kayali's time in the 3,000-meter run earned her a new personal best and the second-best time in the Ivy League. Though successful in many long and middle distance events, Kayali frequently competes in the 1,500-meter run, and event in which she is ranked seventh in the Ivy League. Fellow senior Elizabeth Marvin will also race in one of her last meets of the season this weekend. Coming off a personal best in the 5,000-meter at Penn Relays, Marvin is ranked ninth in the Ivy League in both the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter runs. Other notable placements include sophomore Anna Demaree at 11th place in the 10,000 meter run, as well as junior Millie Chapman, ranking sixth in the 3,000-meter run. Sophomore Kira Garry is usually Yale's only competitor in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, an event she is ranked 11th in among the Ivy League schools.

In the 100-meter dash, freshman Sydney Cureton holds the ninth-best time in the Ivy League. She claimed her position last weekend at the Springtime Invitational hosted by Yale. Junior Kelsey Lin also competed in the dash, joining Cureton in running her best time in college to date. Yet another standout at the meet was freshman Mackenzie Mathews. Her remarkable performance was not only her best yet, but also the seventh-best time in the Ivy League for the 100-meter hurdles. Likewise, senior Jenna Poggi holds the seventh-best time in the 400-meter hurdles, a title she also won at least week's home meet.

Yale's highest ranking in any relay event comes in the 4x800-meter relay. The team's third-place ranking is again a result of last weekend's prolific meet, where junior Sarah Barry, freshman Anna-Sophie Harling, freshman Shannon McDonnell and senior Allison Rue took first place in the race. As captain of the track and field team, Rue usually competes in the relay along with the 800-meter run and, occasionally, 400-meter dash.

In the field events, Yale boasts of three standouts. Freshman Karleh Wilson, ranking eighth in both the shot put and discus throw, has seen striking success this year. Her highest point came in the indoor season, when she took the Yale record for the shot put. During the outdoor season, Wilson has continued to top the lists, and currently holds the second-best mark in Yale history. In addition, sophomore Alisha Jordan is ranked sixth in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump, the highest ranking of any Bulldog. She holds the third position in the triple jump on Yale's top 10 lists, a spot she nabbed with her best mark to date at Yale and Harvard's meet with Oxford/Cambridge earlier this year.

Finally, junior Amanda Snajder will be one to watch this weekend. Her fifth-place ranking in the Ivy League for the heptathlon is a testament to the many events Snajder takes on during the span of one meet. Snajder is the only member of the team to compete in all of throws, hurdles, jumps and sprints. Her many talents will be on display this weekend, along with her fellow Bulldogs.

The meet will begin Saturday and continue on Sunday. A complete schedule is available here. A link to live results will also be made available on the official site of the Ivy League.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity