Wilson Throws Second-Best Discus Mark in Yale History

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

Barry, Cable Earn Top-10 Finishes

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The third day of the 2014 Shamrock Invitational, hosted by Coastal Carolina in Myrtle Beach, S.C. came to a close today, wrapping up the first outdoor meet of the women's track and field season.

Sophomore Karleh Wilson came away with the meet's top finish. She beat out 53 competitors to take second place in the discus, despite competing in the event for the first time this year. Her mark of 46.49m (152-06) is the second-best in Yale history, in addition to being the thrower's personal best. She further competed in the shot put, placing ninth (13.66m or 44-09.75), alongside freshman Kate Simon, who earned a mark of 12.58m (17th—41-03.25).

Two athletes participated in races shorter than their usual events. Shannon McDonnell—the team's top 800-meter runner, instead took her place at the starting line of the 400-meter dash. Her time of 58.08 marked a personal best in the event, earning her 19th place. Freshman Emily Waligurski also competed, finishing 39th in 1:01.77.

Junior Emily Cable traded the 400-meter dash for the 200-meter. Wind assistance prevented her time of 24.78 from being named a personal best, though she overcame 49 competitors to place seventh. Senior Kelsey Lin, competing in her first meet of the year, claimed a time of 26.15 in the event (41st). 

Senior Sarah Barry earned one of the day's highest rankings in the mile run. She placed fifth with her time of 5:01.51. Freshman Frances Schmiede also participated, placing 19th (5:16.43).

Junior Elle Brunsdale competed as the team's sole representative in the long jump. Her leap of 4.66m (15-03.50) earned her 18th place. Meanwhile junior Alisha Jordan competed in her signature event, the triple jump. Her mark of 11.37m (37-03.65) earned her 14th place, while senior Kristen Proe took 25th (10.57m or 34-08.25).

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity