Nolet Wins Pole Vault on First Day of Heps

May 5, 2007

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PRINCETON, N.J. - Ashley Nolet nearly broke Molly Lederman's meet record (3.88 meters) as she won the pole vault at a height of 3.85 meters Saturday afternoon at Princeton's Weaver Stadium. She also qualified for regionals both by winning the conference title and clearing the qualifying height of 3.80 meters, highlighting the first day of Heps competition for the Bulldogs. Yale ended the day in second with 32 points.

Erica Davis was another winner for the Bulldogs, taking the shot put with a throw of 13.79 meters, a full 20 centimeters ahead of second place Jamila Smith of Dartmouth.

It was a big day for Olakitan Awolesi as she took second in the long jump with a distance of 5.90 meters. The final scorer for the Bulldogs on day one was Katherine McKinstry in the 10,000-meter run. She took fourth with a time of 35:57.73.

The Bulldogs also had some qualifiers for finals on Sunday. Lindsay Donaldson lead the way early in the afternoon, taking second in her heat and qualifying for finals with a time of 4:33.09.

Following Donaldson's performance, Katrina Castille qualified through to finals in the 100-meter dash by placing second in her heat with a time of 12.09. She also made it through in the 200-meter dash when she placed fourth in her heat with a time of 25.33.

Another qualifier for finals was Kathryn Schleckser in the 800-meter run. She was fourth in her heat with a time of 2:13.04.

Competition will resume Sunday morning.

Report by Victor Cheng '08, Yale Sports Publicity