March 6, 2014

Twelve Individuals, Two Relay Squads Qualify for ECACs

Bulldogs Travel to Boston for Championship Meet

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This Friday through Sunday, Yale track and field will visit Boston University for the chance to compete in the 2014 ECAC Track and Field Championships. Twelve Bulldogs have qualified to compete in the meet, as well as two relay teams. Live results will be posted at lancertiming.com and a complete schedule is available here.

Junior Emily Cable will enter the meet a second time to represent her team in the 400-meter dash, the event in which she holds the school record. Cable has been gaining speed recently, as she nabbed her best time of the season last week at the Heptagonal Championships.

Three Bulldogs have the opportunity to compete in the 800-meter run. Sophomore Shannon McDonnell will likely lead this pack, backed as she is by a time of 2:09.24 that landed her on Yale's top-10 lists this season. Freshmen Delaney FitzPatrick and Emily Waligurski have also qualified for the race. 

Yale's distance squad will consist of three Bulldogs who have qualified in multiple events. Junior Kira Garry proved her versatility this season by meeting the ECAC standard and claiming personal best times in the 1,000-meter, mile, 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter runs. She will have her pick of events this weekend; though it is likely she will compete in the mile or 3,000-meter runs. Joining Garry in the mile are freshman Meredith Rizzo and sophomore Emily Stark. Stark will likewise have the chance to compete in both the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter runs. Like Garry, she earned her best times yet in both the mile and 3,000-meter run this season. Joining them both in the 3,000-meter is sophomore Elizabeth McDonaldyet another distance runner who ran a personal best time in the event this season. Both McDonald and Stark have competed in the meet previously.

Yale squads have further qualified to compete in two relay races—the 4x800-meter relay and the distance medley relay.

In the field events, senior Emily Urciuoli will return for her third year of competition in the pole vault, while junior Alisha Jordan will enter the meet for the first time—despite having also qualified last year. Sophomore Karleh Wilson will represent her team in the shot put and weight throw, both events in which she claimed personal best marks this season. Finally, senior captain Amanda Snajder has qualified to compete in the pentathlon with her performance at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships last week.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity

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