NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The championship season for the Yale women's track and field team commences on Saturday with the Ivy League Indoor Track and Field Championship. As one of the most anticipated and spirited meets of the season, with the entire Ivy League under one roof, the Bulldogs will be primed for some of their best performances of the season.
Week-to-week this season, the Bulldogs have consistently been adding new names to the top 10 lists. In nearly every event this year, a mark from the 2019 indoor campaign has made its way up the indoor all-time list for Yale. Beyond the all-time lists, the Yale athletes have been experiencing consistent improvement from last season and improving on lifetime bests.
Undoubtedly, it has been a historic season for individual performers. Coming off the Valentine Invitational -- a competition filled with record-breaking performances -- and a week of tune-up preparation, Yale is well prepared for a weekend of strong performances.
The Ivy League Championship is hosted by Harvard this year. The competition will take place on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the track events will consist primarily of preliminary rounds to qualify for the final round to be held on Sunday. Events will kick off at 11 a.m. on Saturday with the weight throw and 60-meter hurdle semifinals.
Yale is returning a number of top performers from the championship meet last year who will all be looking to improve on their performances. Based on the performances from the season so far, many are in an optimal place to do so.
In the field events, Erin Gerardo holds the third-best mark in the Ivy League of 3.85 meters. As a first-year, she finished ninth in the event last year.
First-year Emma Vasen is ranked highly heading into her first Ivy League competition. Her best throw of 14.29 meters in the shot put has placed her at seventh place in the conference.
On the track, there are a number of high point scoring opportunities.
Senior Andrea Masterson, the reigning Ivy League Cross Country Champion, heads into the weekend with the top 5,000-meter run time (16:15.25) in the conference by more than five seconds. She will look to perform similarly to her impressive performance from the fall at her final indoor championship.
In the 3,000-meter run, after cutting more than 20 seconds off her lifetime best, Kayley DeLay ranks ninth with her time of 9:31.09.
First-years Jocelyn Chau and Samantha Friborg are heading into their first indoor heptagonal championship with phenomenal marks. Chau ranks third in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:47.11, putting her in scoring contention. Friborg ranks sixth in the 800-meter time with her time of 2:09.71.
Sophomore Addison Coy and junior Lillian Enes have been invaluable to the sprint events this year. Coy and Enes recorded remarkable performances last year as underclassmen and have continued the trajectory in the current season. In addition to their performances on the school record-holding 4x400-meter relay team, each has recorded new lifetime bests in their specialty events.
Coy and Enes will be athletes to look out for as potential point scorers this weekend. Coy's current lifetime best of 1:14.63 places her at sixth in the conference.
The relays are a promising opportunity for Yale to score points. Having just set another school record, the 4x400-meter relay team of Enes, Coy, Aliya Boshnak and Emma Osborne holds the third-best time in the Ivy League, less than half a second off the second-best time.
The Bulldogs also hold the second fastest seed in the 4x800-meter relay of 9:00.24.
A number of athletes are peaking just in time for the Ivy League Championship. First year Sophie Isom recently recorded a season-best time of 57.34 in the 400-meter run, earning herself a spot on the Yale all-time list in the process. Fellow first year Maya Sharp also recorded a new lifetime best time in the 500-meter run.
The Ivy League rivalry and spirit that comes along with this competition in past years has propelled the Bulldogs to solid performances. Given the current trajectory of the season, Yale is on track to record one of the best performances in recent years. To follow the event, live streaming is available courtesy of ESPN+ and live results can be found here. A full schedule of events is available here.
Preview by Yale Sports Publicity.