NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's track and field team will host the Mark T. Young Invitational this weekend at the Dewitt Cuyler Athletic Complex. As their first of four home meets this season and the first in the Northeast this Spring, it is an opportunity for the Bulldogs to face local competition. The Bulldogs will not only face athletes from local schools like Fairfield and Sacred Heart University, but also Ivy League competitors from Brown, Dartmouth and Princeton. As an unscored meet, it provides the Bulldogs a worthy opportunity to compete in a low-stress environment at a very early point in the season.
The meet kicks off at 11:00 a.m. with senior captain Kate Simon opening her season in the hammer throw. Simon had a solid winter season, earning a personal best in the weight throw. Competing alongside her will be sophomore Evelyn Roberts, who will likely double up with the discus throw.
Meanwhile, across the field senior Rachel Wofford will kick off her final season on the team in the long jump alongside freshman Natasha Feshbach. The pentathlete matched her personal best in the long jump last week at the Point Loma Invitational with a leap of 5.46m. With that meet being just the first this season, it would not be surprising to see Feshbach further improve upon her performance. Also on the field will be freshmen standouts Elizabeth Adelson and Olivia Mooney competing in the high jump. Both have done well in the past in this event, with Adelson posting a personal best of 1.67m (5-05.75).
The events on the track kick off at noon with 4x100-meter relays. Yet the Bulldogs will start competition in the 1,500-meter run. Junior Melissa Fairchild will be one of many Bulldogs to toe the line against a total of more than 60 competitors. Having not competed this past winter, it will be Fairchild's first race since the Heptagonal Championships. She will be joined by a number of freshmen making their outdoor collegiate debut, including Lauren Chapey, Hannah Steffke and Rachel Suss, in addition to upperclassmen like juniors Julia Borowski and Katrina Garry.
On the sprints side of the team, freshman Lillian Enes will compete for the Bulldogs in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes. She has done particularly well in the longer sprints, posting a strong time of 1:16.17 in the 500-meter dash. Enes also logged a fast time of 57.51 at last week's meet, a particularly strong time for the freshman sprinter. Meanwhile, freshman Uzo Biosah will make her collegiate debut for the Bulldogs in the 100-meter dash.
Fans can catch a shuttle in front Payne Whitney Gym to the Athletic Fields on Saturday afternoon to watch this meet. The competition kicks off at 11:00 a.m. and will end around 4:00 p.m.
Results will be available at http://www.coolrunning.com after the meet.
Preview by Ariel A. Sánchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity