Women's Track and Field to Compete in Boston

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Karleh Wilson. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Terrier Classic Offers Vast Competition

NEW HAVEN, Conn.-The Bulldogs travel to Boston this weekend to compete in the 2014 Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic Meet. The meet will be the largest the team has competed in this season, featuring competition the Bulldogs will square up against during the Northeast Regional meet and the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. The women's team will compete on Friday, beginning with the field events at 2:00 p.m, followed by the men's events on Saturday. A complete schedule is available here. Live results will be provided by Lancer Timing Services.

As the track at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center is especially fast and the competition particularly intense, the weekend's meet may provide the extra push many team members need to place them in the top 10 in their events. Others will be looking to prove that their skills carry over into a larger field after taking home first-place finishes at the Dartmouth-Columbia tri-meet last weekend. Among these is sophomore Karleh Wilson, who currently holds the Yale record in the shot put and the all-time third best mark in the weight throw.  This Friday, Wilson looks to continue an undeniably impressive streak in both events, saying, "My personal goal is to remain consistent in the shot put throw. As far as weight goes, I look forward to translating everything that I'm learning in practice into a good competitive throw. 

Wilson demonstrated her versatility last weekend when she not only nabbed first place in the weight throw, but also took second in the shot put. Freshman thrower Kate Simon has also seen recent success in the shot put, landing third place and the fourth-best mark in Yale history last week. 

Of the Yale throwers—a group that also includes sophomore Taylor Eldridge, Wilson said, "The women's throws squad is really strong right now. We've all got our eyes on Heps, so this weekend in Boston should be a great practice round for us competing against strong competition." 

Senior captain Amanda Snajder, not one to disappoint in any of her diverse events, took season-best times in the long jump, high jump and 60-meter hurdles last week. Junior Elle Brunsdale also competes in a variety of events including the sprints, hurdles and throws, though her most notable recent performance came in the long jump. Both will compete in the 800-meter run this Friday, joined by freshmen Delaney FitzPatrick and Rachel Jones and junior Alyssa LaGuardia.

Two members of the jumps squad, freshman Lillian Foote and sophomore Megan Toon, will compete in the high jump this weekend. Toon brings into the competition a second-place finish in the event last week. In addition, senior Emily Urciuoli will test her talent in the pole vault, defending multiple first-place finishes.

In the 60-meter hurdles, sophomore Mackenzie Mathews is fresh from a second-place finish and season-best time last week. She will lead Snajder and Brunsdale in her best event this weekend. Junior Emily Cable is always competitive in both the 400-meter and 200-meter dashes. This weekend, Cable will compete in the 400-meter dash alongside senior Kristen Proe. Meanwhile in the 200-meter dash, freshman Katerra Logan will have the opportunity to demonstrate her ability in her first performance at the collegiate level. Junior Alisha Jordan—usually a valuable member of the jumps squad—will also compete as a sprinter in the 200-meter dash this week. Sophomore Grace Brittan will join the sprints squad to toe the line in the 500-meter dash. 

Middle distance runner sophomore Shannon McDonnell has separated herself from the pack as a standout in the 800-meter run, placing second last week. McDonnell has likewise performed well in the mile run this season, an event in which senior Sarah Barry has taken the lead. In addition, freshman Meredith Rizzo opened her season last week with an impressive time in the event. This week, Rizzo will compete in the 1,000-meter run, while freshmen Jennie Callan and Chandler Olson, sophomore Emily Stark and freshman Emily Waligurski will contend in the mile race.

Three of the team's most notable long distance runners, juniors Anna Demaree and Kira Garry and sophomore Elizabeth McDonald, will race in the 3,000-meter run. Garry easily won the event last week, finishing over 20 seconds ahead of her closest competitor, while McDonald and Demaree took third and fourth, respectively. This week, senior Millie Chapman—who competed in the mile run last weekend—will round out the pack.

Finally, two Yale squads will enter into the 4x400-meter relay—a switch from last week when four Bulldogs collectively placed fourth in the 4x800-meter relay.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity