Feb. 9, 2008
BOSTON - The Yale women's track and field team finished competition at the Boston University Valentine Invitational Saturday evening with the conclusion of the distance. Despite very deep competitor fields, the Bulldogs were able to tally some spectacular performances over the course of the two day meet.
The effort was lead by senior Meredith Leenhouts. The middle distance standout was able to overcome the 51 person field in the 1,000-meter run with a stellar 2:53.85 effort, an astounding personal best as well as nearly four seconds under the ECAC qualifying mark of 2:57.54. The time is also the sixth fastest in Yale indoor track and field history.
Senior Mary Kuder finished fourth in the 500-meter dash in an ECAC qualifying time of 1:15.25, which also places her second all-time in Yale indoor track behind teammate Claudia Duncan, who opted to run the 400 (eleventh-57.31) instead. Senior Olakitan Awolesi finished second in the long jump with a leap of 17-10.75.
Junior Kathryn Schleckser and teammate Stephany Reaves finished 14th and 15th in the 800-meter run in 2:14.65 and 2:14.85 respectively, just shy of the ECAC qualifying time of 2:14.40. Senior Lindsay Donaldson finished eighth in a loaded mile field in a time of 4:52.42. Donaldson was only the second collegian, however, as the race was dominated by Kim Smith, competing for Reebok, who ran a blazing 4:24.14, the third fastest time in the world this year.
The Bulldogs will compete next Saturday, February 16th , at Coxe Cage in an annual tri-meet against both Harvard and Princeton.
report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity