Track to Host 32nd Annual Yale Invitational

Kate Simon. (photo by Sam Rubin 95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Kate Simon. (photo by Sam Rubin 95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Return to Coxe Cage for Season's Second Meet 

 NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This Saturday, the Yale women's track and field team returns from its winter break to host the 32nd annual Yale Invitational. Spectators can catch buses leaving from Payne Whitney Gym every 15 minutes. The meet begins with the weight throw at 9:00 a.m., followed by jumping events at 9:30 a.m. Running events will begin at noon with the 1,600-meter run. A complete schedule can be found here.

The Bulldogs kicked off their season on Dec. 7, competing in Coxe Cage at the Yale Season Opener. At the meet, many competitors defended their positions as the team's best performers in their events, while newcomers strove to test their skills against collegiate competition. The 32nd Annual Yale Invitational will again take place in the newly renovated Coxe Cage, one of three collegiate meets hosted by Yale this season. Last year, the competition included teams from the Northeast Region as well as fellow Ivy League Brown University.

At the Season Opener, notable performances included sophomore Karleh Wilson's record-breaking heave in the shot put of 13.81 meters. Wilson previously held the record at 13.80 meters. She also took first in the weight throw. Wilson is likely to continue to dominate in the throwing events as she enters her second season, aided by freshman thrower Kate Simonwho made a strong showing with her second-place finish in the shot put at the Season Opener.

Junior Alisha Jordan is likely to be a standout in the jumping events this week, as she took first place in both the long and triple jumps at the Season Opener. In the pole vault, junior Catherine Shih, ranked fourth in Yale's all-time top-10 lists, has returned to the competition. Senior Emily Urciuoli, a pole vault competitor who has consistently posted significant marks in the event over her past three seasons, took second at the Season Opener. Sophomore Megan Toon also entered her season well with a third-place finish in the high jump.

A slew of distance runners have the potential to excel in various events this Saturday. Last meet, senior Sarah Barry opened her season with a first-place finish in the 1,600-meter. Sophomore Shannon McDonnell competed in the 1,600-meter as well, though she may have the chance to race in the shorter distances she prefers this week. In addition, freshmen Emily Waligurski and Delaney FitzPatrick have thus far been standouts in the middle to long-distances, while fellow freshman Jennie Callan is the only Bulldog to compete in the 3,000-meter this season. Other standouts from the cross country season have now had time to rest before entering indoor track, including junior Hannah Alpert, junior Anna Demaree, senior Liana Epstein and sophomore Elizabeth McDonald. They may compete in any of the 1,600-meter run, 3,000-meter run or distance medley relay. Last year, a Yale distance medley relay team including Amend, sophomore Anna-Sophie HarlingMcDonnell and sophomore Emily Stark took first place.

Senior captain Amanda Snajder currently holds a place in the top-10 lists in multiple events: the shot put, 60-yard hurdles, high jump and pentathlon. This week, she may compete in the shot put, long jump, hurdles or even shorter running events, as she is the only athlete to take on three or more events frequently. Sophomore Mackenzie Mathews, who ranks third in the top-10 lists in the 60-yard hurdles, took second in the event at the Season Opener, and will be the Yale hurdler to watch this coming meet.

The Yale record-holder in the 400-meter dash, junior Emily Cable, is likely to tackle her signature event. She may also race in the 200-meter dash as well, an event in which she holds the third spot on the top-ten lists. 

In the shortest event of the day, the 60-meter dash, sophomore Sydney Cureton and freshman Katerra Logan may both toe the line. Cureton currently holds a spot in the top-10 lists, while Logan boasts of an impressive 200-meter record coming into the season, and could compete in both sprinting events.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity