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Bulldogs Finish First in Four Events at HYP

Katerra Logan. (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Katerra Logan. (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
McDonnell, Garry, Simon Move up in All-Time Team Rankings

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale women's track and field team concluded its final home meet of the indoor season this Saturday. Though they placed third behind Princeton (48.50 pts.) and Harvard (69 pts.), Yale's score of 41.50 pts. is a marked improvement over last year's outcome. Although Princeton has won the meet the previous four years, the Bulldogs proved to be formidable opponents on their home track of Coxe Cage.

In one of the most remarkable performances of Saturday, sophomore Shannon McDonnell shattered her previous 800-meter time. Her second-place finish in 2:09.24 ranks her fourth on Yale's all-time top 10 lists. McDonnell's time further qualifies her to compete in the ECAC Championships, which take place on March 7-9 after the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.

McDonnell was not the only contender to see strong outcomes in the 800-meter run, as her next three teammates to finish—freshmen Delaney FitzPatrick (fourth—2:13.25), Emily Waligurski (sixth—2:14.15), and Frances Schmiede (10th—2:17.04) all ran their best times to date, as well. Junior Alyssa LaGuardia also competed, finishing in 2:27.27, as well as freshman Jennie Callan with a time of 2:32.18.

Similarly outstanding accomplishments were seen in the one mile run, where junior Kira Garry knocked more than six seconds off her personal best, placing third in 4:50.68. Garry's race is good for the ninth-best Yale performance to date. She will have the chance to compete in the ECAC Championships alongside freshman Meredith Rizzo, who earned a personal best of 4:57.05 on Saturday. Freshman Chandler Olson likewise set her new time-to-beat, finishing in 5:05.50.

In the 60-meter dash, freshman Katerra Logan took sixth in her best collegiate time to date, 7.98. She also competed in the 200-meter dash alongside junior Emily Cable. Cable's time of 26.01 was good for a season best and third place. Logan followed in fourth, also running a season best in 26.35.

Still, it was in the 400-meter dash where Cable claimed on of four Bulldog first-place finishes. Though she has already qualified for ECACs and broken the school record in the event, Cable's time of 56.44 is evident of a consistent strength vital to the team as they enter the championship season. Also competing in the 400-meter dash was sophomore Grace Brittan, who took seventh place in 1:01.39.

Two Yale competitors in the 3,000-meter run, sophomores Emily Stark and Elizabeth McDonald, easily qualified for ECACs. Stark's fourth-place finish of 9:46.51 earns her a personal best, despite not having competed in the event previously this season. Likewise, McDonald's time of 9:51.37 (seventh place) is her best to date. 

Senior captain Amanda Snajder vied against her Ivy competitors in the 60-meter hurdles. She finished fifth overall to earn a season best mark of 9.01. Freshman Mackenzie Mathews advanced with Snajder to the finals, where she placed eighth in 9.17. Junior Elle Brunsdale competed in the event's prelims, running a time of 9.51.

Though Yale's 4x400-meter team, comprised of Brittan, Brunsdale, Cable and McDonnell completed the relay in 3:56.41, just about two seconds off the team's best this season, it was the 4x800-meter relay team that stole the show. FitzPatrick, Garry, Rizzo and Waligurski won the race, snagging a time of 9:06.03 and qualifying Yale to compete in the event at ECACs.

Two final first-place finishes went to Yale's jumps squad. In a season-best mark of 3.70m (12-01.50), senior Emily Urciuoli won the pole vault. Sophomore Renee Vogel tied her season best, clearing a height of 3.30m (10-10.00). In the long jump, junior Alisha Jordan took the top spot, earning a mark of 5.43m (17-09.75). Snajder (5.28m or 17-04.00) and Brunsdale (5.01m or 16-05.25) both competed in the event, as well, most likely in preparation for the pentathlon and/or heptathlon in the future. Senior Teresa Parent followed the two with a season best mark of 4.99m (16-04.50). Freshman Rachel Wofford also competed (4.83m or 15-10.25).

Snajder further took on the high jump, where she placed third in a personal-best mark of 1.65m (5-05.00), tying for Yale's sixth all-time best finish. Sophomore Megan Toon was seventh at 1.55m (5-01.00), while freshman Lillian Foote tied her personal best at an identical mark of 1.55m. In the triple jump, Jordan claimed third and leapt 11.70m (38-05.75), while senior Kristen Proe earned a season best with her distance of 10.87m (35-08.00). Parent's mark of 10.29 (33-09.25) was good for seventh place in the event. 

Sophomore Karleh Wilson led the throws squad in the shot put and weight throw. In the shot put, she placed third with her mark of 13.52m (44-04.25), followed by freshman Kate Simon with an impressive fifth-place finish and throw of 13.10m (42-11.75). The distance is her best to date and the fifth-best in Yale history. Sophomore Taylor Eldridge also represented her team in the event, finishing in eighth at 11.32m (37-01.75).

Wilson again finished first for her team in the weight throw (15.96m or 52-04.50). Eldridge placed fifth with her toss of 15.11m (49-07.00), trailed by Simon with a mark of 14.91m (48-11.00). Both earned personal bests and will join Wilson on Yale's top 10 lists, with Eldridge claiming the seventh best Yale mark to date and Simon taking the eighth.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity