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Bulldogs to Take On Columbia, Dartmouth

Tessa Malone. (photo by Steve Musco)
Tessa Malone. (photo by Steve Musco)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Returning from winter break refreshed and with another block of training under their belts, the Yale women's track and field team will head to New York to compete in the Dartmouth-Yale-Columbia trigonal meet this Friday.

The historic trigonal meet will be held at the world-renowned Armory Track in New York City, hosted by Columbia. For the first time of many in this indoor track campaign, the Bulldogs will go head-to-head against Ivy League competition.

If the Yale Season Opener, hosted by the Bulldogs at Coxe Cage in early December, is any indication of what is to come, the team is on course for a record-breaking, historic season. Across event groups, the Bulldogs consistently recorded podium finishes and set new lifetime bests.

Most remarkably, Yale records have already fallen: the 4x400-meter relay team composed of Aliya Boshnak, Addison Coy, Lillian Enes and Emma Osborne broke the previous record with their time of 3:47.11.

A majority of the team will be traveling to New York to compete on Friday. Yale women are slated to compete in every event, both on and off the track.

In the field events, senior Evelyn Roberts will compete in the first event of the day: the weight throw. Also representing Yale off the track in the jumps are sophomore Tessa Malone in the triple jump and juniors Elizabeth Adelson and Olivia Mooney in the high jump.

Rounding out the group of field event athletes are Natasha Feshbach, Alladia Patterson and Emma Vasen, all of whom will be competing the shot put as the final field event of the day. Each of these athletes competed in this event at the Yale Season Opener, recording solid opening marks.

Bolstered by a large contingent of veteran athletes along with newcomer Vasen, who recorded a top mark at the Yale Season Opener, the Bulldogs in the field events are in a good place to score valuable points and give Yale an edge over Columbia and Dartmouth.

Hurdlers Davornne Lindo and Aja Thorpe will be the first athletes to compete on the track in the 60-meter hurdles.

Newly minted school record holder Enes will compete in the 60-meter dash. In the December season opener, she recorded a new lifetime best in the event, just barely off the Yale school record. Enes will be joined by Roxanne Harris and Arielle Tessier in the event.

First-years Lindo and Sophie Isom will represent Yale in the 200-meter dash.

In the longer sprints, school record holders Coy and Osborne will be competing in the 400-meter run and looking to set new lifetime bests. Boshnak, Ariel Claxton, and Maya Sharp will be competing in the indoor-specific 500-meter run. Given the remarkable 400-meter times each of these athletes holds, they will likely be able to score points for the Bulldogs.

The middle-distance and distance events are stacked with Yale athletes as well. Many of these athletes are coming off phenomenal cross country seasons and are in a great place to score points in these events.

In the 800-meter run, Jocelyn Chau, Chloe Jensen and Emma Lower are slated to compete. Samantha Friborg and Arianna Lord will be rounding out the deep squad of Yale middle distance athletes competing in the 1,000-meter run.

In the longer distance events, eight Bulldogs will be competing. In the mile, keep an eye out for Sevanne Ghazarian, Morgan McCormick, Zoe Nuechterlein, Megan Quimby and Hannah Steffke. In the 3,000-meter run, Kayley DeLay, Jane Miller and Rachel Suss will be competing, all building off impressive cross country seasons.

Historically, the relays have been important scoring events for Yale and this year the team will likely continue this trend. The Bulldogs are fielding teams in both the 4x800-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay.

Notably, three relay teams are expected to represent Yale in the 4x400-meter relay, exemplifying the talent and depth of the Bulldogs in this event this season.

The field of competition at the DYC trigonal meet will be smaller than the season opener, but undoubtedly deep. The combination of competing at a world-class venue against Ivy League rivals could very well bring the Bulldogs to more lifetime bests. Momentum from the successes of early season competition along with a solid block of additional training since will poise the team well for the upcoming meet.

Field events are set to start at noon and the action on the track will begin shortly after at 12:30. A complete schedule of events can be found here and live results can be found here. Complete results and a recap of the meet will be posted at www.yalebulldogs.com as available.

Preview by Yale Sports Publicity.