April 5, 2014

Urciuoli, Jordan Finish in Top-Six at Sam Howell

Eldridge Earns a Spot on Yale's Top-Ten Lists

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This Saturday marked the conclusion of the 2014 Sam Howell Invitational, hosted by Princeton University in Princeton, N.J. The Bulldogs showed their collective strength, as many members came close to meeting their personal best marks. 

Two Bulldogs raced in the 1,500-meter run on Friday, and one more took to the distance on Saturday. Junior Anna Demaree placed 11th, finishing in 4:53.89. Sophomore Mackenzie Mathews claimed one of the day's best finishes in the 100-meter hurdles. Her time of 15.08 was good for 10th place. Senior captain Amanda Snajder was 16th, posting a time of 15.29. 

Yale's only competitor in the 400-meter dash, sophomore Grace Brittan, snagged a time of 1:02.24 (38th). Meanwhile, four Bulldogs participated in the 800-meter run. Freshman Frances Schmiede, senior Sarah Barry and junior Elle Brunsdale all finished in the top half of the field. Schmiede's time of 2:16.77 (21st) was a personal best—surpassing her best time of the outdoor season by milliseconds. Barry trailed her at 2:17.29 and came in 23rd place, while Brunsdale finished with a time of 2:20.20. Junior Alyssa LaGuardia also competed (72nd— 2:40.61).

Senior Kelsey Lin accepted the challenge of competing as the team's only individual short sprinter this weekend. She faced 51 competitors in the 200-meter dash. Lin finished in 26.51 and in 36th place.  A squad of four Bulldogs competed in the 4x400-meter relay. Brittan, Brunsdale, Lin and senior Kristen Proe claimed 10th place, surpassing over half of the competing teams in 4:04.46.

The jumps squad was active on Saturday, as the Bulldogs participated in the high jump, long jump, triple jump, and pole vault. Sophomore Megan Toon placed 12th in the high jump, clearing a height of 1.55m (5-01.00). Meanwhile in the long jump, junior Alisha Jordan led three of her team members, earning 12th place and a mark of 5.11m (16-09.25). Brunsdale again competed, placing 19th with a mark of 4.83m (15-10.25), while senior Teresa Parent followed in 23rd (4.43m or 14-06.50). Jordan's performance in the triple jump yielded the day's second-highest finish. Her mark of 11.50m earned her sixth place. Proe was 15th, leaping a distance of 10.66m (34-11.75). 

The best performance of Saturday went to senior Emily Urciuoli, who lived up to her reputation as the team's star in the pole vault by placing fifth. She cleared a height of 3.45m (11-03.75), while sophomore Renee Vogel made her mark at 3.30m (10-10.00). 

Sophomore Taylor Eldridge had a breakout performance in the hammer throw on Saturday. Her mark of 47.20m (154-10) is not only a personal best, but also lands her on Yale's top-10 list. She placed 12th, followed by sophomore Karleh Wilson in 17th (43.97 or 144-03) and freshman Kate Simon (19th—42.65m or 139-11).  Eldridge and Simon also participated in the shot put. The two placed 11th and 12th, respectively, with Eldridge earning a mark of 12.50m (41-00.25) and Simon with a distance of 12.11m (39-08.75). 

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity