Bulldogs Claim Four First-Place Finishes at Annual Tri-Meet

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Megan Toon. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Travels to Hanover for Meet with Dartmouth, Columbia

HANOVER, N.H.-The annual tri-meet between Yale, Columbia and Dartmouth concluded on Saturday with the Bulldogs in third place (52 pts.) Columbia was first with 72 points and Dartmouth, second (56 pts.)
The meet, hosted by Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H., began with five season bests and three personal bests in the field events. In the long jump, senior captain Amanda Snajder nabbed her best mark of the season, 5.42m (17-09.50). She took second place, and was narrowly trailed in the rankings by junior Alisha Jordan (fourth), who posted a mark of 5.27m (17-03.50). Fellow junior Elle Brunsdale claimed her season best of 5.03m (16-06.00) in fifth place, followed by freshman Rachel Wofford in seventh (4.76m or 15-07.50) and senior Teresa Parent in eighth (4.68m or 6 15-04.25).

Jordan, Parent, and Wofford also competed in the triple jump—an event Jordan won with a leap of 11.49m (37-08.50). Senior Kristen Proe placed next for the Bulldogs, earning a mark of 10.32m (33-10.25) in fifth place. Not far behind was Parent with 10.12m (33-02.50) in sixth place, and Wofford in seventh (9.81m or 32-02.25).

Snajder stole her second season best mark of the day in the high jump, where she took second with her height of 1.59m (5-02.50). Sophomore Megan Toon also placed second, tying Snajder with an identical mark and contributing the same number of points to the team score. Freshman Lillian Foote took seventh in the event with a mark of 1.49m (4-10.50).

Sophomore Karleh Wilson was the second Bulldog to win an event on Saturday with her new personal-best mark of 16.53m (54-02.75) in the weight throw. The lengthy distance will land her the third spot on Yale's all time top-10 lists, complementing the record she already holds in the shot put. Freshman Kate Simon also competed in the weight throw, earning sixth place with a toss of 13.26m (43-06.00), as did sophomore Taylor Eldridge, who finished in seventh (13.18m or 43-03.00). After Wilson's success in the weight throw, she continued on to place second in her best event, the shot put, making her mark at 13.63m (42-03.75). Simon again competed to her best result of the day—a new personal best of 12.88m (42-03.25), the fourth-best mark in Yale's records. Not to be left behind, Eldridge claimed a season-best mark of 11.40m (37-05.00) in the event, while Brunsdale scored the third personal-best mark of the day with 9.74m (31-11.50).

Senior Emily Urciuoli won the pole vault and the final season-best mark in the field events, clearing a height of 3.66m (12-00.00). Sophomore Renee Vogel also represented the Bulldogs with her height of 3.21m (10-06.25). 

All three Bulldogs entered in the 60-meter hurdles competed in the final round of competition. Both Snajder and sophomore Mackenzie Mathews nabbed season-best times. Mathews took second in 9.05 seconds, while Snajder finished fourth in 9.26. Brunsdale also participated in the hurdles as her third and final event of the day, placing eighth (9.96).

Junior Emily Cable, who holds the Yale record for the 400-meter race, ran a season-best time of 58.59 to place third. She went on to score her best time of the season in the 200-meter dash, as well, placing fourth. Mathews also ran in the event—one she has not previously competed in this season—to take eighth place (27.50). In addition, in her third event of the day, Mathews stole second place in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.21.

Freshman Frances Schmiede, competing in a collegiate meet for the first time, placed third in the 500-meter dash in 1:21.57. Sophomore Grace Brittan finished just one place behind her teammate, in 1:23.30.

In the middle and long distance running events, many team members competed in distances they had not yet raced in this season. This was the case for both Bulldog contenders in the 800-meter run. Yet, this did not stop sophomore Shannon McDonnell (2:15.83) and Delaney FitzPatrick (2:18.38) from taking second and fifth in the event, respectively. 

Freshman Meredith Rizzo took on the mile event in her first track meet after the cross country season. Rizzo crossed the line in sixth place with a time of 5:05.88. Last season's cross country captain, senior Millie Chapman, finished immediately after in 5:07.14—also competing for the first time this season. Freshman Chandler Olson walked away from the event with a new personal best of 5:15.31, besting her previous time by over four seconds. Freshman Rachel Jones also participated (5:36.67).

Yale's only representative in the 1,000-meter run, freshman Emily Waligurski, was similarly unfamiliar with the distance—though she still managed to claim sixth place and a finish of 2:56.97. The meet also marked the first time the Bulldogs have competed in the 3,000-meter run this season—the longest event offered at the meet. Junior Kira Garry won the race in 9:49.79, the fourth first-place finish of the day. Teammates sophomore Elizabeth McDonald (10:13/04) and junior Anna Demaree (10:26.96) were not far behind in third and fourth.

The Bulldogs closed out the day with the 4x800-meter relay, in which a team comprised of McDonnell and freshmen FitzPatrick, Rizzo and Waligurski finished in fourth place, with a combined time of 9:23.96.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity