February 25, 2006

Two Qualify Provisionally for Nationals on First Day at Heps

Feb. 25, 2006

HANOVER, N.H. - Yale ended the first day of competition in second place with 37 points behind Cornell. Numerous Bulldogs qualified for tomorrow's finals Saturday afternoon at Dartmouth's Leverone Field House.

Joslyn Woodard qualified for finals in the 60-meter dash (7.67), 200-meter dash (25.16), and won her fourth consecutive long jump title (6.23 meters). This leap also qualifies her for nationals provisionally, and is her eighth career indoor Heps individual title, tying Harvard's Dora Gyorffy (1998-2001) and Princeton's Nicole Harrison (1995-1998) for the most individual titles in the history of indoor Heps.

Woodard had been feeling the pressure from Cornell's Jeomi Maduka, whose second jump was 6.18 meters.

"She had just finished running the 60 and then stepped onto the runway for her fifth jump and jumped 6.23 meters," said coach David Shoehalter. "She was amazing."

Another stellar performance was by Molly Lederman in the pole vault, who won with a jump of 4.10 meters, breaking her old meet record and barely missing the automatic qualifier of 4.20 meters.

Yet another great performance was by Katherine McKinstry, who was second in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:33.27. This time was 20 seconds faster than her previous best, a provisional qualifier, and the third fastest time in school history behind the O'Neill twins (Kate and Laura '03).

Margo Angelopoulos was fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 15.45 meters.

Others moving to Sunday's finals include Katrina Castille in the 60-meter dash (7.74), Kristin Farley in the 800-meter run (2:13.45) and Lindsay Donaldson in the mile run, with the fastest time of the day (4:48.36).

Report filed by Victor Cheng '08, Yale Sports Publicity

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