Bulldogs Rack Up Individual Bests in Boston

Amanda Snajder. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Amanda Snajder. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Terrier Classic Attracts Tough Competition

NEW HAVEN, Conn.-The Yale Women's track and field team took to the track for the 2014 Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic Meet on Friday. Though the meet was not scored, it offered competition that the Bulldogs will see again during the Northeast Regional meet and Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.

While most of the team's jumpers instead tried their skills in the running events, Yale's throwing squad competed in both the shot put and weight throw. Sophomore Karleh Wilson placed sixth in the shot put with her mark of 13.47m (44-02.60), while freshman Kate Simon took 13th with a throw of 12.50m (41-00.25). Sophomore Taylor Eldridge posted a mark of 11.27m (23rd—36-11.75).

In the weight throw, Wilson again led the group with a throw of 13.85m (45-05.25). Simon followed with a mark of 12.34 (40-06.00), while Eldridge concluded her meet with a heave of 10.61m (34-09.75).

In the high jump, sophomore Megan Toon and freshman Lillian Foote both tied their season-best marks. Toon placed tenth with 1.60 meters (5-03.00), while Foote leaped a solid 1.55 meters (5-01.00). Meanwhile, senior Emily Urciuoli landed the day's best finish in any event. She cleared a height of 3.60m (11-09.75) to place fourth in the pole vault.

More Bulldogs competed in the 800-meter run than in any other event on Friday. A pack of six runners was led by sophomore Shannon McDonnell, who placed sixth in a season-best time of 2:11.62. McDonnell's time is the ninth best all-time finish in indoor track and field to date. Of the remaining five competitors, three claimed personal best times. Freshman Delaney FitzPatrick set her new time-to-beat at 2:14.08 (13th), while junior Elle Brunsdale placed 20th (2:15.78). Freshman Rachel Jones competed in the event for the first time this season, running a time of 2:23.74. Junior Alyssa LaGuardia earned the final personal best of the day in 2:24.53, while senior captain Amanda Snajder stole a season best with her finish of 2:29.89.

Sophomore Mackenzie Mathews ran as the sole Yale entrant in the 60-meter hurdles. Her time of 9.29 seconds earned her 26th place. In the 200-meter dash, freshman Katerra Logan gave her first performance of the season, posting a time of 26.78. Junior Alisha Jordan narrowly trailed her in 26.83.

In addition, junior Emily Cable's impressive effort in the 400-meter dash won her a season best of 56.41 (14th), a time not far off her record-breaking finish in the event last year. Senior Kristen Proe also ran a season best of 1:00.37. Furthermore, in the 500-meter dash, sophomore Grace Brittan and freshman Frances Schmiede both ran season-best times of 1:19.84 and 1:20.30, respectively.

Yale's long distance runners continued their trend of notable finishes, beginning with a seventh-place finish in the 1,000-meter run by freshman Meredith Rizzo. The meet marked the first time Rizzo has competed in the distance, though this did not prevent her from posting a strong time of 2:58.20. In the mile race, three team members crossed the line in a tight pack led by freshman Emily Waligurski. Waligurski's finish of 5:00.21 marks a new personal best. Sophomore Emily Stark nabbed a time of 5:02.25, competing in the event for the first time this season, while freshman Chandler Olson claimed yet another of the day's personal bests in 5:06.67.

In the 3,000-meter run, junior Kira Garry took 11th place in a field of 89 contenders. She walks away with a personal best of 9:29.57—the sixth-best time in Yale history and more than a 15-second improvement over her previous best finish. Elizabeth McDonald scored a season best and placed 23rd in the event (9:54.91), while junior Anna Demaree secured her best time of the season in 10:13.20.

Finally, two Yale teams competed in the 4x400-meter relay. Yale's top team of Brunsdale, Cable, McDonnell and Proe dropped three seconds from its previous best time to take 15th place (3:54.32). A second team of Bulldogs—Brittan, FitzPatrick, Rizzo and Waligurski—also raced, finishing with a time of 4:06.97. 

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity