January 11, 2014

Bulldogs Out to Impress at Yale Collegiate Invitational

Relay Teams Excel at Coxe Cage

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This Saturday, Yale women's track and field hosted the 32nd annual Yale Collegiate Invitational at Coxe Cage. The facility was packed with teams from Connecticut and nearby states, including Northeast regional competitors.

The day began with the throwing events, where freshman Kate Simon took ninth place in the shot put, making a mark of 11.62m (38-01.50). Senior Amanda Snajder was second on the team in her first of three events (9.71m or 31-10.25), while junior Elle Brunsdale claimed a mark of 8.88m (29-01.75). Sophomore star thrower Karleh Wilson scored second place in the weight throw at 15.93m (52-03.25). Simon also competed in the shot put to take ninth place (13.75m or 45-01.50).

In the long jump, junior Alisha Jordan was 12th, claiming a distance of 5.13m (16-10.00). Senior Teresa Parent came away from the event with a season best mark of 4.93m (16-02.25), placing 16th. Freshman Rachel Wofford followed with a leap of 4.77m (15-07.75).

Senior Kristen Proe was the sole Bulldog to compete in the triple jump. She took 15th place with her mark of 10.63m (34-10.50). In the high jump, sophomore Megan Toon nabbed fourth place and a height of 1.55m (5-01.00), while freshman Lillian Foote set her new collegiate personal best in the event at 1.55m, as well (sixth). Senior Emily Urciuoli ended the day's field events with a first-place finish in the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.45m (11-03.75).

Yale's middle and long distance runners excelled in Saturday's running events. Junior Kira Garry—a standout from the cross country season—placed second in the mile run in 4:57.22. She was trailed by sophomore Elizabeth McDonald in a season-best performance of 4:59.99 (third). Freshman Chandler Olson finished in 13th with a time of 5:19.32, closely followed by junior Anna Demaree in 15th place (5:20.49). Freshman Jennie Callan rounded out the squad with her time of 5:40.39.

Two Yale teams tackled the distance medley realy— and event comprised of 4 middle and long distance races of varying lengths—to place third and ninth. The top squad included senior Sarah Barry, junior Emily Cable, sophomore Shannon McDonnell and freshman Meredith Rizzo.  Sophomore Grace Brittan and freshmen Delaney FitzPatrick, Rachel Jones and Emily Waligurski competed on Yale's second team.

Two Yale squads also performed in the 4x800-meter relay. Barry, Jones, Rizzo and Waligurski won the event in 9:15.99, the best time Yale has yet to earn this season. A second team comprised of Demaree, McDonald, Olson and Garry took fifth. In the shorter 4x400-meter relay, Brunsdale, Cable, senior Jenna Hessert and Proe won third place with a time of 3:57.46.

Competing in the day's shortest sprinting event, the 60-meter dash, sophomore Mackenzie Mathews claimed a time of 8.26. Mathews also took on her best event, the 60-meter hurdles, finishing in 11.88 seconds. Snajder was the first Bulldog to finish in the event, qualifying for finals where she took sixth place in a season-best time of 9.29. Brunsdale also competed in the preliminary round (9.84).

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity