Bulldogs Debut in Irvine

March 22, 2008

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IRVINE, Calif. - The Yale women's track and field team opened the 2008 outdoor season with many impressive and promising finishes at the 2008 UC Irvine Springbreak Collegiate Classic. This feature is noteworthy given the two weeks of intense training the Bulldogs had been doing prior to this meet.

The meet represents one of the first opportunities for many track and field teams to stretch their legs on the standard outdoor 400-meter track, and as such attracts many strong track and field programs. Teams in attendance included host UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Southern Utah University and fellow Ivy League rivals Cornell.

The Bulldogs, despite stiff competition and heavy legs from training, were undaunted and tallied many top ten finishes. Sophomore Bailey Carroll had thew highest finish for Yale, finishing second in the pole vault with a height of 10-00.00. Junior Jennifer Lin finished third in her signature event, the grueling 400-meter hurdles, with a time of 64.21.

Other top finishers included senior Mary Kuder (7th, 400-meter (57.60) and 8th, 200-meter (26.07)), freshman Kate Grace (7th, 800-meters (2:13.38)), senior Meredith Leenhouts (7th,1500-meter run (4:39.54), freshman Eve King (4th, high jump (5-03.00) and 7th, long jump (17-08.75)), freshman Emily Standish (8th, high jump (4-11.00) and 10th, triple jump (33-04.50.)), freshman Stephanie Scaramella (9th, shot put (38-11.75)) and team captain Elizabeth Calle (6th, 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:02.57).

The relays also performed well. The 4x100-meter relay finished 5th in a time of 49.58, while the 4x400-meter relay finished 3rd in 3:51.24.

The Bulldogs now return to New Haven at the conclusion of spring break. Yale is scheduled to compete next at the Southern Connecticut Invitational on March 29th.

report by Ted Galligan '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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