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Distance Medley Relay Squad Third at Penn Relays

Emily Urciuoli. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Emily Urciuoli. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Wilson, Urciuoli Place in Top-10

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Four individuals and one relay squad competed at the Penn Relays on Thursday. The meet is both the largest and oldest in the country, and includes a variety of divisions. 

The best finish of the day went to Yale's distance medley relay team, which finished third among 19 competitors. The four-person squad was packed with some of the team's best middle and long distance runners, each competing in the distance that suited them best. Senior Sarah Barry led off in the 1,200-meter run, finishing in 3:40.15, followed by junior Emily Cable in the 400-meter dash (56.28). Sophomore Shannon McDonnell competed for her team in the 800-meter run, earning a time of 2:14.36, while junior Kira Garry anchored the group, completing the 1,600-meter run in 4:48.10. Their efforts results in a combined time of 11:38.88.

Sophomore Elizabeth McDonald competed in the Olympic Development 5,000-meter run. She was the 3rd collegian to place, and 9th overall. Her new personal best time of 16.47.06 marks a massive improvement over her preview best time.

The three remaining Bulldogs all competed individually in the field events. Senior Emily Urciuoli and sophomore Karleh Wilson both took 10th place in their respective events. Urciuoli's mark in the pole vault of 3.65m (11-11.75) is a season best for outdoor track and field. Wilson posted a mark in the shot put of 13.25m (43-5.75).

Sophomore Taylor Eldridge competed in the hammer throw, an event in which she has recently seen success.  Her throw of 40.30m (132-2) was good for 29th place.

The Penn Relays will continue on Friday. A complete schedule and live results can be found here.

Report by Maria Seravalli '16, Yale Sports Publicity