NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Friday and Saturday, the Yale women's track and field team will split and head to three different states for a packed weekend of competition. While most of the Bulldogs will be staying close to home to compete in the Mark Young Invitational, others will head south to compete in the War Eagle Invitational and the Virginia Challenge.
Those staying at the home facility, the Dewitt Cuyler Complex in New Haven, will compete in the Mark Young Invitational starting on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Virginia Challenge, hosted by the University of Virginia will take place on Friday and Saturday. Another group of Bulldogs will compete at the War Eagle Invitational, hosted by Auburn University at the Hutsell-Rosen Track on Saturday.
Coming off a solid weekend of performances against Harvard last weekend, the split squad of Bulldogs looks to make the most out of the respective fields of competition.
The action will kick off at the Virginia Challenge, where first year Samantha Friborg will take to the track to race her specialty event: the 800-meter run. Friborg has been steadily progressing this season and heads into the weekend bolstered by a win and a new season-best.
Saturday evening, senior Andrea Masterson will race in the 5,000-meter run for the second straight season. In previous years, the distance events have been packed with high level professional and collegiate competition.
At Auburn University in the War Eagle Invitational, first year Emma Vasen will start off the weekend by competing in the hammer throw on Friday afternoon. Last weekend, against Harvard, Vasen finished first in this event as a part of her remarkable triple victory. She will compete in the discus throw and shot put on Saturday at the same meet; the latter being the event she has broken and re-broken the school record in the past two weekends.
Sophomore Erin Gerardo will also represent the Bulldogs in the field events, competing in the pole vault.
Yale will be represented by a strong contingent of sprinters as well. Lillian Enes will compete in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. Enes will be joined by first-year Aliya Boshnak in the 200-meter run. Emma Osborne, a crucial member of the 4x400-meter relay team who has consistently been cutting seconds off her 400-meter time, will take to the track in the 400-meter run.
Addison Coy will compete in the 400-meter hurdles after running a new season-best in the event last weekend.
A majority of the team will stay closer to home and compete at the Mark Young Invitational. The team staying in New Haven will look to build off the stellar performances recorded at the same venue last weekend at Harvard-Yale.
More information, including the complete meet schedule, for the Mark Young Invitational can be found here.
Preview by Gabrielle Rinne '19, Yale Sports Publicity