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Underclassmen Impress at YDC Meet

Meredith Rizzo. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Meredith Rizzo. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW YORK – The Yale women's track and field team had some spectacular performances this afternoon at the Yale-Dartmouth-Columbia tri-meet, the team's first scored meet of the season. Though they finished third this afternoon, the Bulldogs definitely have made some amazing progress thus far in the season. They racked up a commendable 39 points, just falling behind Columbia's 45 points. Dartmouth won the meet handily with a total of 96 points.    

Senior captain Kate Simon did not disappoint this afternoon with a pair of impressive performances to kick off the afternoon's competition. In the weight throw, Simon placed second with a new personal best mark of 16.73m (54-10.75). With her performance, Simon is just a few inches short of passing the third-best weight throw in Yale history. Sophomore Evelyn Roberts finished fourth with a throw of 14.26m (49-09.5). Meanwhile, Simon later followed up her impressive performance with a first-place finish in the shot put, throwing for a distance of 12.98m (42-07). In total, she earned 8 of the team's points, which shows the amount of progress the captain has made in the last year. 

In the high jump, freshman Elizabeth Adelson and Olivia Mooney impressed the team once again by tying for first place in the high jump with a new personal best of 1.63m (5-04.25), giving the team 8 more points. Meanwhile, senior Lillian Foote earned the team another point by placing fourth with a height of 1.53m (5-00.25). Senior Rachel Wofford improved in the long jump with a new indoor personal best of 5.35m (17-06.75) to take fourth. Freshman Natasha Feshbach made her collegiate debut in this event, leaping for a distance of 5.12m (16-09.75) to place sixth overall. 

Freshman Natasha Feshbach kicked things off for the Bulldogs on the track, qualifying for the final of the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.54s. In the final of the 60-meter hurdles, Feshbach ran a new personal best to take seventh place with a time of 9.45s. 

Freshman recruit Lillian Enes once again delivered an impressive performance this afternoon with a new personal best in the 500-meter dash. Though she finished fourth, Enes ran in a tight race in which the top five finishers crossed the line within one second of each other. She earned the team another point with a final time of 1:16.17. The mark also ties her for sixth on Yale's top ten for the 500-meter run, an impressive feat for just her second meet of her collegiate career. 

Senior Frances Schmiede also had a strong debut, winning the 800-meter run handily with a new personal best of 2:09.84. What makes it a more impressive feat is that she now owns the sixth-fastest time in Yale history. In the same race, senior Emily Waligurski placed third with a new personal best of 2:11.92. 

Senior Meredith Rizzo performed well in the 1,000-meter run that followed, placing second with a new personal best of 2:49.81 to earn the Bulldogs three more points. Her mark is the fastest of any current member on the team, and places her fifth among the fastest times in Yale history. Freshman Gemma Shepherd added another point to the Bulldog's total with a strong collegiate debut time of 2:51.89. Meanwhile, in the mile run, sophomore Andrea Masterson finished second with a time of 4:57.77 for three more points. 

The 3,000-meter run featured several Bulldogs earning personal bests. The charge was led by freshman Lauren Chapey, who finished fifth with a time of 10:17.28, just a second off her best time. Junior Julia Borowski, senior Rachel Jones and sophomore Kate Zendell all earned personal bests in this race. 

Meanwhile, sophomore Alexandra Lee qualified for the final of the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.91s in the preliminary round. She ran finished fifth in a tight final with a time of 7.93s. She later finished sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.90s 

The team also took home a third-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay. The team of Enes, Feshbach, Lee and Waligurski crossed the line in 3:57.64. Finally, the Bulldogs earned a win in the 4x800-meter relay. The squad of senior Delaney FitzPatrick, Rizzo and Waligurski, and freshman anchor Shepherd took home first handily with a final time of 9:06.68. 

Up next for the Bulldogs is the highly anticipated Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet. This year, the Bulldogs host their two Ivy rivals in what will surely be an exciting meet. More information concerning the meet will be released as the date approaches. 

Recap by Ariel A. Sánchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity