Yale Track and Field to Compete in Ivy League Heptagonal Championship
Seven Individuals, Two Relay Teams Ranked Top 10 in the Ivy League
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This upcoming Saturday and Sunday, the Bulldogs will travel to Hanover, N.H., for the 2014 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, the competition the team has worked towards for all of the indoor season. The meet will be hosted by Dartmouth at the Leverone Field House. Yale enters this year's competition eager to improve on last year's seventh-place outcome. Links to live results, a complete schedule, meet records and further championship information can be found here. A live video stream of the meet will be provided here.
Members likely to lead their teammates with successful scores include four throwers and jumpers. Senior Emily Urciuoli enters the meet ranked third in the Ivy League in the pole vault. Urciuoli earned her best mark of the season at HYP last week. With four first-place finishes and multiple season and personal bests, the Bulldogs walked away from HYP successful despite squaring off against two of the toughest teams in the Ivy League.
Junior Alisha Jordan is another member of the jumps squad not to be missed this weekend, as she ranks in the Ivy's top-10 in both the long and triple jumps. Jordan stands at No. 9 in the long jump and No. 5 in the triple jump. Likewise, sophomore Karleh Wilson ranks in the top-10 in both the weight throw (No. 6) and shot put (No. 5). The shot put has traditionally been her best event—as she has set and reset the school record more than once. A Bulldog new to the throws squad this year, freshman Kate Simon, joins Wilson as one of the 10-best shot put competitors in the Ivy League. She earned her No. 8 ranking last week at the HYP tri-meet.
Yale's long distance squad is typically one of the team's best assets. Junior Kira Garry has emerged as the group's frontrunner this season. Her best mile race to date occurred last week at HYP, landing her on Yale's top-10 lists and ranking her No. 9 in the Ivy League. This feat was remarkable, considering this list includes some of the overall best competitors ever to represent Yale. Still, Garry's forte remains the longer events, as is evidenced by her No. 6 Ivy League ranking in the 3,000-meter run.
Last week at HYP, sophomore middle-distance competitor Shannon McDonnell fought her way onto the list of the 10-best 800-meter contenders in the Ivy League. Her time was more than a two-second improvement over her previous best and the fourth-best time in Yale history. It allows her to enter this week's championship ranked No. 9 in the Ivy League.
Leading the team's sprinting squad is junior Emily Cable. After breaking the school record in the 400-meter dash last year, Cable has continued to be one of the Bulldog's top scorers. Though she enters the meet ranked No. 9, she could potentially place much higher, as she claimed sixth place in the event at the 2013 Heptagonal Championships.
Both Yale's 4x400-meter and 4x800-meter relay teams are positioned to place well on Saturday. The 4x800-meter squad—including freshman Delaney FitzPatrick, Garry, and freshmen Meredith Rizzo and Emily Waligurski—proved the strength of the Bulldogs' middle and long distance runners last week when they won the relay, qualified to compete at the ECAC Championships and rose to No. 3 in the Ivy League rankings.
Meanwhile, the 4x400-meter team ranks No. 7—a position earned from the team's performance at the Boston University Terrier Classic, when Yale's top squad included junior Elle Brunsdale, Cable, McDonnell and senior Kristen Proe.
Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity