February 28, 2009

Lin Takes Second in First Day of Heptagonal Championships Competition

Feb. 28, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Bulldogs started the first day of competition at the Heptagonal Track and Field Championships on Saturday. While most of the meet finals are yet to come, the team is in a good position to improve on their seventh-place ranking. While only five event finals have taken place, the team already has scored eight points. Despite strong performances, the team has just barely missed out on qualifying for the event finals in a number of events.

The Bulldogs have been led in scoring by senior captain Jennifer Lin. Lin, who has performed well in a variety of events this season, turned to her versatility to compete strongly in the pentathlon. Her second-place finish in the event with 3,408 points earned the team eight points. Her top finish was an individual win in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:15.85, beating the next closest competitor by more than six seconds. Sophomore Eve King was 13th with 2,660 points.

In the 800-meter run, sophomore Kate Grace did extremely well in the preliminary rounds of the events. Grace won her heat in a time of 2:11.38, beating the next nearest competitor in her heat by more than seven-tenths. Grace had the third-fastest time of the day in the event. Penn's Anna Aagenes led the meet with a time of 2:10.45. Junior Stephany Reaves barely missed out on the finals in the event, taking ninth in 2:13.55, an ECAC qualifying time.

Senior Kelli Buck had a great day in the mile run. She just barely qualified for the finals of the event, taking the 10th and final qualifying spot in the event in a time of 4:58.11. The event was tightly packed, with the top 10 runners all finishing within less than four seconds apart from each other.

In the 400-meter dash, junior Claudia Duncan just missed out on qualifying for the finals of the event. Duncan won her heat, but just missed out on being in the top eight by 17-one-hundredths. Duncan, who is the school record holder in the 500-meter dash, ran a very impressive time of 57.30. Sophomore Jennifer Parker was 22nd in 59.51 and sophomore Erika Mansson was 29th in 1:01.25.

Freshman sprinter Alexa Monti ran a great race in the 60-meter sprint, but just barely missed qualifying for the finals. Monti placed ninth in the event in a time of 7.87, missing the finals by just one spot. Freshman Marieme Mbaye was the next best Bulldog in a time of 7.96.

Monti also competed in the 200-meter dash. She was the sole Bulldog athlete in the event, taking 14th in a time of 26.38.

The Bulldogs will continue competition on Sunday with the shot put at 12:00 p.m. Track events will start at 12:30 p.m. with the mile run. For live results and meet information, visit the Ivy League Heps Track & Field Blog.

Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity

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