Bulldogs Open Outdoor Season With Strong Performances
March 23, 2009
IRVINE, Calif. - The Bulldog women's track and field team opened the outdoor season with strong performances at the University of California-Irvine Spring Break Invitational on Friday, Mar. 20 and Saturday, Mar. 21. The meet, which was unscored, came on the heels of a very successful spring break training trip to California that allowed the Bulldogs to get in quality training in warm weather. The meet was the first opportunity to compete outdoors after the successful indoor season, which ended with six All-Ivy recognitions, two All-East honors and an All-American title for sophomore Kate Grace in the 800-meter run.
Besides being the first meet of the outdoor season, the competition was also the first opportunity for the freshmen on the team to compete for the team in outdoor track competition. One of the most impressive performances of the meet came in one of the events that is only held outdoors, the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Freshman Anne Lovelace made her collegiate debut in the event, taking third overall in a time of 10:54.87. Her time is very good for this early in the season and is just more than four seconds off of the NCAA Regional qualifying standard. Lovelace, who cracked the all-time lists with her race, will have many more opportunities this season to improve her place in the record books and achieve a regional qualifying time. Senior Bevin Peters also ran a good race in the event, taking sixth in a time of 11:07.95. Peters has been on the all-time list in the event since her freshman year. The race was led by two runners from Ivy League rival Cornell. The Bulldogs have a rich history in the 3,000-meter steeplechase event, with Elizabeth Calle '08 qualifying for the Regionals last year. She also made the event in 2007, while Claire Hamilton '07 qualified in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and Anne Martin '05 qualified in 2004 and 2005.
The best event for the Bulldog in terms of places was the high jump. Sophomore Emily Standish turned in a strong performance of 1.60 meters to take second. Sophomore Eve King ended the meet in a six-way tie for fifth place with a jump 1.50 meters. She passed at the first two heights before clearing 1.50 meters on her first attempt.
Captain senior Jennifer Lin made an impressive debut in the 400-meter hurdles, another event that is only run in the outdoor season. Lin, who achieved All-Ivy honors in the pentathlon and 4x800-meter hurdles during the indoor season, took third in the event in a time of 62.29. Her performance is on the all-time Yale list and is less than 1.5 seconds off the regional qualifying standard.
A number of Bulldogs turned in fast times in the 800-meter run. Junior Stephany Reaves, who was All-Ivy in the 4x800-meter relay during indoor track, was the top Bulldog, finishing in a time of 2:13.85. Junior Claudia Duncan, who was All-East in the 500-meter dash during the indoor season, debuted at the 800-meter run with a time of 2:15.03. Another member of the All-Ivy 4x800-meter team was senior Kathryn Schleckser, who finished in 2:16.45. Junior Erin Walsh was the final Bulldog to compete, crossing the line in a time of 2:18.14.
A number of Bulldogs also turned in strong performances in the 1,500-meter run. Competing on Friday, Reaves ran to a time of 4:46.79 while sophomore Liya Assefa ran 5:04.16. On Saturday, freshman Celia Stockwell ran 4:55.69.
In the short sprints, the underclassmen led the way. Freshman Alexa Monti was the top Bulldog in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 12.80. She was followed by freshmen Marieme Mbaye (12.95) and Emily Shulan (13.16). Sophomore Jennifer Parker was he top Bulldog in the 200-meter dash, finishing tenth in a time of 26.12. Mbaye finished in 26.84, Shulan crossed the line in 27.58 and freshman Carys Johnson recorded a time of 28.15.
Parker was again the top sprinter for the Bulldogs in the 400-meter dash, crossing the line in a time of 59.64. She was followed by freshman Gabriella Kelly (59.66) and Johnson rounded out the field.
In the longest race of the meet, the 3,000-mete run, junior Alexandra Cadicamo led the Bulldogs in a time of 10:05.60, good for ninth place.
The Bulldogs also had a successful day in the relay events. The Bulldog 4x100-meter relay squad took third (47.95) while the 4x400-meter squad took fourth (3:51.34).
Two Bulldogs got their first chance of the year to compete with outdoor throwing implements. Sophomore Stephanie Scaramella threw the hammer 38.90 meters while fellow sophomore Rachel Kuschner threw 31.64 meters. In the discus, Kuschner threw 38.67 meters, which was good for ninth. Scaramella threw 34.06 meters, earning her 11th. In the shot put, Scaramella was 11th with a throw of 10.78 meters.
The Bulldogs also competed in the pole vault and long jump. Junior Bailey Carroll was 13th in the pole vault with a clearance of 3.10 meters and King jumped 4.89 meters in the long jump.
The Bulldogs will have next weekend off to train in preparation for upcoming meets. The Bulldogs will next be in action on April 3-4 at the Princeton Invitational in Princeton, N.J. and the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity