Feb. 2, 2008
NEW HAVEN, CONN. - The Yale women's track and field team finished competition at the Giegengack Invitational, hosted at Coxe Cage, on Saturday with many impressive performances from current athletes, alumni, and coaches alike.
The distance events proved to be a strong point for the women at the Giegengack Invitational, as the Bulldogs' only first place finish, amongst droves of talented athletes, came in the form of senior Lindsay Donaldson's victory in the 3,000-meter run in a time of 9:38.58. Donaldson was followed by junior Bevin Peters, who finished third in 9:54.76, and fellow cross country runner Stephanie Pearl was third in the one-mile run in a time of 5:03.19.
In the field, senior Olakitan Awolesi lead the Bulldogs with a third place finish in the long jump with a leap of 17-11.00. Sophomore Claudia Duncan led the women's sprinters with a fourth place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.52. Freshman Kate Grace and senior Mary Kuder also had strong finishes in the 500-meter dash, placing fifth and sixth in 1:16.46 and 1:16.54 respectively.
The women's 4x400 meter relay team, consisting of freshman Kate Grace, senior Mary Kuder, freshman Erika Mansson and sophomore Claudia Duncan finished fifth in a time of 3:54.22, making them the 10th fastest relay team in indoor track and field history.
Former Bulldogs pole-vaulter Ashley Nolet entered unattached in the women's pole-vault and finished third with a vault of 11-09.75, besting former teammate Bailey Carroll, who finished sixth with a jump of 10-10.00, a new personal best. Volunteer Assistant Coach Anna Mahon also entered competition in the women's weight throw. Mahon, a 2004 Olympian, two-time indoor weight-throw national champion and one-time outdoor national hammer-throw champion, debuted with a throw of 58-06.75, good for second place.
The women's track and field team will be back in action next week at the St. Valentine's Invitational, hosted by Boston University, on February 8th. .
report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity