Bulldogs Compete Against the Northeast Region's Top-Ranked Team
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—This weekend, the Yale women's track and field team will head to Cambridge, Mass., to compete in its annual dual meet with Harvard. The meet—hosted at Harvard's MCurdy outdoor track—presents a significant challenge for the Bulldogs, as the Harvard women won the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships during the indoor season and are currently ranked first in the Northeast region. Still, many competitors enter the meet with personal records and top-10 marks already under their belts, and are eager to test how they will fare against such opponents. The meet carries further significance as the first scored competition of the outdoor season. A schedule is available here, and results will be posted on yalebulldogs.com when available.
One of the most impressive performances of this season so far came from junior Kira Garry. Previously, Garry had held the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, set in her freshman year. At last week's Stanford invitational, Garry broke her own record. While she is usually the only Bulldog to compete in this event, unique to outdoor track and field, freshman Meredith Rizzo has also fared well in it this season.
Senior Sarah Barry and sophomore Elizabeth McDonald are currently leading the team's 1,500-meter runners. They both had the chance to compete in an elite round of the event at Princeton's Sam Howell Invitational this past weekend. At the same time, as the only team member to compete in the 10,000-meter run thus far, sophomore Emily Stark claimed the fourth-best time in Yale history. As many of Yale's distance runners try out different events from meet to meet, other competitors to watch in the 1,500 –meter run and similar distances may include junior Anna Demaree and freshman Emily Waligurski, both of whom have offered strong showings so far this season.
While junior Emily Cable still leads the team in the shorter sprints—nearly surpassing her own school record in the 400-meter dash last week—sophomore Shannon McDonnell has lately traded the 800-meter run for longer distances, including the 1,500-meter run.
Sophomore Mackenzie Mathews will continue to be the Bulldog most focused on the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles. However, senior captain Amanda Snajder earned a personal best in the 100-meter hurdles last week—a skill that will be valuable if she competes in the heptathlon this season. Both she and junior Elle Brunsdale train and compete in multiple events at every meet for this purpose.
As for the throws squad, spectators can expect to see sophomore Karleh Wilson continue to meet the high standards she sets weekly. Most recently, Wilson threw the second-best discus mark yet to be seen at Yale. She couples this with a recent personal best in the hammer throw. Yet Wilson does not carry the squad alone, as sophomore Taylor Eldridge had a breakout performance in the hammer throw at the Sam Howell Invitational last week, where she secured a spot on Yale's top-10 lists.
In the jumping events, look for Emily Urciuoli to score big in the pole vault, as the senior consistently brings in the team's highest rankings. Sophomore Megan Toon will likely represent Yale in the high jump, while junior Alisha Jordan will continue to excel in the long and triple jumps.
Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity