January 19, 2008

Women Lose Heartbreaker in Hanover

Jan. 19, 2008

Final Stats

HANOVER, N.H. - The Yale women's track and field team finished second Saturday at its annual tri-meet versus Columbia and Dartmouth. The Bulldogs finished competition with 67 points, well ahead of Columbia (46 points) but behind Dartmouth by a single point (68 points).

The meet came down to the final event of the day, the 4x400 meter relay, where Yale had to beat Dartmouth to secure the victory. However, the Big Green proved too much for the Bulldogs in that race, edging Yale by six tenths of a second to win the meet overall.

Despite this, the Bulldogs had many great competitive efforts. Perhaps the greatest of all was senior Lindsay Donaldson's come-from-way-behind anchor leg in the 4x800 meter relay to obtain one of Yale's eight first place finishes. Donaldson was able to close what seemed to be an almost insurmountable gap over the course of the half-mile run, caught, and then passed her Dartmouth and Columbia counterparts with 200 meters to go, and never looked back.

Donaldson also tallied a victory in the one mile run (4:59.94), while cross country teammate Stephanie Pearl and track and field captain Elizabeth Calle finished first and second in the 3000 meter run (10:15.49 and 10:22.30 respectively). Senior Olakitan Awolesi turned in two victories, winning both the long jump (17-11.00) and triple jump (36-08.25).

Other first place finishers included: sophomore Courtney Miller (200, 26.04), junior Kathryn Schleckser (800, 2:18.99) and senior Mary Kuder (400, 58.31)

The Yale women's track and field team will be back in action next weekend at the Boston University Terrier Invitational.

report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity