NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This week a contingent from the Yale women's track and field team heads down to Philadelphia to compete in the prestigious Penn Relays hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. Two relay teams and three individuals will represent the Bulldogs this coming week. The meet is considered to be the oldest and the largest in the country and features a myriad of relays, as well as several individual championship events. The Quakers will host schools from all across the U.S. with athletes vying for the title of best in the nation.
Three Yale runners will compete in the 5,000-meter run Thursday at approximately 8:50 p.m. This event will feature close to 100 runners, including sophomore Clare Carroll. Since her return from being unable to compete for more than a year, Carroll hasn't missed a beat. In her first 5,000-meter run since her freshman indoor season, Carroll lowered her personal best time by more than a minute. Her personal best now sits at 17:24.98, but given the intensity of this meet, Carroll will probably improve on her time. Joining her will be juniors Jennie Callan and Chandler Olson.
The Bulldogs will also compete in the 4x800-meter relay and the 4x1,500-meter relay. It remains unclear who will compete in which relay this week, but there some excellent choices. Junior Frances Schmiede broke the Yale record in the 1,500-meter run by quite a large margin at the Virginia Challenge last weekend (she ran a 4:17.70). She currently ranks sixth among athletes vying for a qualification to the NCAA Eastern Preliminary Championship meet.
Junior Emily Waligurski is also a standout in the 1,500. With a personal best of 4:22.11, Waligurski is also in position to qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Championship meet. After a brief hiatus during the winter, Waligurski has been nothing short of spectacular, putting together new personal best times in both the 800- and 1,500-meter runs.
The 4x1,500-meter relay and 4x800-meter relay championships will go down on Friday at 1:20 p.m. and Saturday at 4:10 p.m., respectively.
Those who will not compete at Penn Relays will represent the Bulldogs back at Yale for the Yale Springtime Invitational, which will feature a lot of local competition. The meet will start at 10:00 a.m. Sunday.
Preview by Ariel A. Sánchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity