NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's track and field season hits into high gear this weekend as the team travels to Hanover, N.H., for the Ivy League Indoor Track & Field Heptagonal Championships. This two-day competition is the pinnacle of the season, with all eight Ivies convening to decide the best of the Ancient Eight. Harvard is the reigning champions.
One of the bigger stories to follow this weekend is how much of a difference the first year class will make. Almost two-thirds of the athletes heading to the meet for the Bulldogs will be either a first year or sophomore, with many of them being strong contenders in their respective events.
Some notable examples come from the throwing and jumps team, like first year Erin Gerardo who is among the top pole vaulters in the Ivy League. There's also fellow jumpers first year Tessa Malone and sophomore Olivia Mooney who will both compete this weekend in their respective marquee event. First year Alladia Patterson will also be representing the team in the throwing events. Sophomore Natasha Feshbach will be a key field athlete to watch as she competes in the pentathlon. She's fresh off a win at Tufts a few weeks ago and will look to improve upon her eighth-place finish in 2017.
While the underclassmen have a significant showing on the field, some of the Bulldogs' strongest athletes are on the track. Most notably, sophomore Lillian Enes has dominated for the Bulldogs across the gamut of sprint events and will likely continue to do so this weekend. First year Addison Coy is yet another strong sprinter the Bulldogs have. In the middle- and long-distance events the biggest names have been carry-overs from the cross country season, first years Kayley DeLay and Sevanne Ghazarian. Both will be top contenders this weekend, no matter which events they compete in.
All things being considered, the Bulldogs are excited for this weekend as they bring forth a deeper team that is able to compete across more events than in years past.
Of course, while the Bulldogs are happy to have many lower level students step up so early in their careers, they also are sad to have a few athletes compete in their final Indoor Heps. This weekend, the Bulldogs salute seniors Melissa Fairchild, Calleigh Higgins, Katherine Raphael and Kelli Reagan, in addition to this year's senior captain Dana Klein.
This championship meet kicks off tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. for the field events.
Preview by Ariel A. Sanchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity