April 19, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale went to Cambridge, Mass. on Saturday for the annual Harvard-Yale dual meet. It seemed to go well: it was the first meet of the season for the Bulldogs in which it did not rain (though it threatened to), and nearly everyone competed, which has not happened for the past few weeks. Though the Bulldogs competed strongly in many events, the points did not show how close it was. Yale ended the meet with 61 points to Harvard's 101.
As captain Jennifer Lin said, "It was bizarre. We competed really well as a whole team. It seemed a lot closer than it ended up being on paper."
Sophomore thrower Stephanie Scaramella earned the most points for the Bulldogs today: she won the shot put and the hammer throw and came in second in the discus throw, making a total of 13 points. Scaramella was also the highest scorer at this event last year as a freshman with 11 points.
Sophomore Rachel Kuschner won the discus throw in 39.92 meters to complete Yale's sweep of the throws.
Yale had some exciting races in the running events. Junior Claudia Duncan ran the 400-meter dash in a close race, but held on in the last stretch to win in 56.32 seconds, less than .2 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, and less than .2 seconds over the ECAC qualifying time.
Lin won the 400-meter hurdles in 1:03.09, which is less than a second above ECAC standards.
The 4x400-meter relay team (Lin, sophomore Jennifer Parker, Grace and junior Faith Briggs) won their event easily in 3:53.17. The team qualified to run at ECAC championships several weeks ago at Colonial Relays.
Yale had some great performances in long distance events. Freshman Anne Lovelace won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11:02.50 for a personal best.
Sophomore Kate Grace won the 1,500-meter run in a personal record less than half an hour after anchoring the 4x100 meter relay. It was an exciting race, and Grace finished strong in 4:30.31 - a good two seconds faster than her last time, which was good to qualify for the ECAC championships.
Junior Alexandra Cadicamo ran a great race to come in third in the 3,000-meter run in 10:05.83, recording another personal best for the Bulldogs.
Competing against Harvard is always exciting for the Bulldogs.
"This meet is especially competitive because it's one-on-one and it has so much history behind it," Lin explained.
Harvard had a lot of good performances in the sprints, and had a deeper field in some events. This meet showed the Bulldogs what the Crimson have, and started to prepare them for the Heptagonal Championships at Penn May 9th-10th.
Select Bulldogs will be running at Penn Relays this Thursday through Saturday, and then will all return home for the Springtime Invitational at Yale next Sunday the 26th.
Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity